Where is Belarus?

Located in Eastern Europe east of Poland, Belarus has a 3,642.00 km border with Latvia (161 km), Lithuania (640 km), Poland (418 km), Russia (1,312 km) and Ukraine (1,111 km). Its boundary is demarcated with both Latvia and Lithuania.

Belarus is a European country covering 207,600.00 km2 of which 2.26% is water and 202,900.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 84th largest country in the world and slightly less than twice the size of Kentucky; slightly smaller than Kansas. Its geographic coordinates are 53 00 N, 28 00 E and Minsk is the capital city.

The country's name is a compoud of the Belarusian words "bel", meaning "white", and "Rus", which is an Old East Slavic ethnic designation.

Its ISO code is BY.


Belarus has a mean elevation of 160 m above sea level.

It experiences cold winters and cool, wet summers. Its terrain is generally flat and filled with marshland.


Belarus has a population of 9,570,376 making it the 92nd largest in the world. The population of the country is fairly distributed.

Russian is the official language; Belarussian is also spoken. The majority ethnic group reported is Belarusian followed by Russian. The population is mostly Orthodox Christian, with some Catholic and irreligious groups.

The dialing code for the country is 375.


Belarus is an independent country. It gained independence when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. Its constitution was last ratified in 1994.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Belarus's GDP is $166,000,000,000.00 (USD) with $17,500.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 71st largest economy and its citizens the 90th richest in the world. The currency of Belarus is the Ruble (BYR).

Its major export partners are Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Its main exports are machinery and equipment, mineral products, and chemicals. Its major import partners are Russia, China, and Germany. Its major imports include mineral products, machinery, and chemicals.

This page was last modified on December 15th, 2017