Belarus is located in Eastern Europe. Country area is of 207600 km² and has a common border with the five ones ― Russia in the North and East, Lithuania to the North, Latvia in the Northwest, Poland to the West and Ukraine in the South.

The length of the country from West to East is 650 km, and from North to South is 560 km. The landscape of Belarus in general calm flat, alternating hills and lowlands, places are marshy. Bogs occupy about a third of the entire country, they are particularly common in the Polesie and Pridneprovskaya lowlands. From West to East stretches the Belarusian Ridge consisting of separate hills. The highest point in the country is the city of Dzerzhinsk (345 m), which is located on the Minsk hills.

Belarus is deservedly called the country of lakes (nearly 11000). Most lakes are concentrated in the North and Northwest of the country. Many of the lakes are rich in fish. The largest lake is Lake Naroch, located in the Minsk region; on its shore the resort village, a children's recreation camp "Calf" and many health resorts are located. The largest and most important river is the Dnieper with its tributaries, the Western Dvina and Neman. Some rivers are used for navigation (Dnieper, Western Dvina and Pripyat), and to a lesser extent ― to produce energy.

The Capital is Minsk.

 

Languages: Belarusian, Russian.

Population: 9.5 million man.

Phone code: +375

National domain:BY

 

How to get to Belarus

Regular flights to Minsk international airport are available from a number of major cities in the world.

Airlines: Belavia, Transaviaexport, Gomelavia.

 

 

Climate

The climate is temperate continental, with mild and humid winters and warm summers. The average January temperature ranges from +4 to 4°C in the Southwest and the South and up to 4.8°C in the Northeast. Thaw is often in winter.The warm season is from May to September, the average temperature during this period ranges from +13°C to +19°C. The warmest month is July, the coldest is January.

 

Currency

Belarusian rouble.

You can exchange currency at any bank or exchange points, which you can find at all hotels, large shops and supermarkets. You can pay by credit card (Visa and MasterCard) at hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are available in all cities of Belarus. Banks are working from 09:00 to 18:00 all days of the week except Sunday. At the railway station and in 24-hour stores exchange offices also work 12:00 am. To the question "Do I have to give the tea?" can be answered the classic phrase: tipping is not compulsory but welcome. They usually make up 10% of the amount of the invoice. Some hotels of Minsk and other large cities to the account add up to 5–15% from residing cost per serving, while a tip is usually made in a separate line. If this is not done, it is recommended that you give a certain sum (at your discretion) directly to service personnel. Doormen and porters generally expect a tip of 1–2 USD, waiters eagerly take «on tea» 5–10% of the amount of the invoice.

 

Cuisine

Potatoes, mushrooms (of course, right, the forest ones, and there are also different mushrooms with Oyster Mushrooms) and pork are the "three kings" of the Belarusian cookery. They are very popular and are prepared with a special skill in many combinations. The main dishes of the Belarusian national cuisine are thin bread "perepecha", "draniki" or "deruny" of flour and potatoes, special pancakes of several species of pea flour, fritters, dumplings with various fillings, "soloduha" (a dish made of repeatedly heated and cooled dough). From drinks try krambambulya — spirits, tinctured on the spices, "krupnik" - a mixture of medicinal herbs,  alcohol and honey. “Teetotallers and those with stomach ulcer” will have to settle for a kvass from birch sap.

 

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