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General


Population: 9,608,058 (2014), 9,625,888 (2013)
Land Area: 207,600 sq km
Natural Resources: Forests, peat deposits, oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, clay
Capital: Minsk
Political System: Republic (Dictatorship)
State Leader: Aleksandr Lukashenko (July 20th 1994)
Languages: Belarusian, Russian
Currency: Belarusian ruble (BYB/BYR)
Major Religions: Eastern Orthodox 80%, Others 20%
Major Ethnicities: Belarusian 81.2%, Russian 11.4%, Polish 3.9%, Ukrainian 2.4%, Other 1.1%
Life Expectancy: 72.15 years (2014), 71.81 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 69.24 billion (2013), 58.22 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 150.4 billion (2013), 150.3 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 16,100 (2013), 16,000 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 2.1% (2013), 4.3% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 9.2%, Industry 46.2%, Services 44.7% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 9.4%, Industry 45.9%, Services 44.7% (2005)
Industries: Metal-cutting machine tools, tractors, trucks, earthmovers, motorcycles, televisions, synthetic fibers, fertilizer, textiles, radios, refrigerators
Agriculture Products: Grain, potatoes, vegetables, sugar beets, flax; beef, milk
Human Development Index: 0.786 (53th)(2014), 0.793 (50th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 379 million (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 1% (2009)

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Army Size: 72 940 (2004)
Budget: 1.4% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation

 

Belarus is located in Eastern Europe, Belarus bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Belarus' economy is based on agriculture and manufacturing. Since 1996, Belarus has been in talks with Russia for a possible unification of the two countries. (2013) Belarus is currently suffering from a high rate of inflation and a large decline in the value of its currency.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: Belarus
Wikipedia: Belarus
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/BLR.html

Updated on: July 20th, 2014