Introduction to Belarus – Crash Course from Journalist Traveler

Before we set out on our journey to Belarus, let’s get some basic facts first (data as of 2014  [1] ). This is the basic information you need to know about Belarus, whether you’re planning to visit Belarus or you just like to have a quick overview of the country.

General Info about Belarus

Capital City: Minsk (Population:  1.9 million)

Biggest Cities: Minsk (1.9m), Homyel (500k), Mahilyow (350k)

Population: 9.5 million [2] 

Languages: Belarussian (official), Russian (official)
Most common foreign languages: English, Polish, French, German.

Belarus Map

Economy of Belarus

Currency: Belarussian Ruble

Size of Economy: GDP (PPP): $147 billion (World ranking: 64th; Compare: USA: $16 trillion, $Germany: 3.2 trillion)  [4]

GDP per person per year: $16,000 (World ranking: 57th; Compare: USA:$52,000, Germany: $40,000)

Inflation Rate: 15% (Compare: USA: 1.5%, Germany: 1.5%)



  1. Figures are rounded and sometimes averaged from different sources to give a general idea. Accuracy not guaranteed.
  2. CIA World Factbook,
  3. 143m (Russia) + 9m (Belarus) + 36m (80% of Ukraine) + 18m (Kazakhstan) + 64m (Other)


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