207,600 km2 is the territory of the Republic of Belarus (84th largest country in the world and 13th in Europe).
3,617km is the length of the state border, according to the data of the State Border Committee of Belarus, including: 1,283km - with the Russian Federation, 1,250km - with the European Union, 1,084km - with Ukraine, 398km - with the Republic of Poland, 679km - with the Republic of Lithuania, 173km - with the Republic of Latvia.
560km is the length of the Republic of Belarus from north to south.
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The geographical center of Europe is located in Vitebsk Oblast of Belarus (48km southwest of Polotsk, near Sho Lake. Its coordinates are 55°10’55"N, 28°15’30"E.
650km is the length of the Republic of Belarus from west to east.
160m is the average height of the Republic of Belarus. The highest point is Dzerzhinsky Hill located in Dzerzhinsk District, Minsk Oblast. Its absolute height is 345m.
Forests occupy 82,800km2 of Belarus’ territory. This accounts for 39.9% of the total area of the country.
20,800 rivers flow through the territory of the Republic of Belarus. Their total length within the country's borders is 90,600km.
The area of Naroch, the largest lake in the Republic of Belarus, is 79.6km2.
There are 1,307 specially protected natural areas with a total area of 1.88 million hectares (as of 1 January 2021), which accounts for 9% of the country's territory. Of these:
- 1 reserve (Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve);
- 4 national parks (Belovezhskaya Pushcha; Pripyatsky, Braslav Lakes, Narochansky);
- 381 wildlife sanctuaries.
The most famous protected area in the country is Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the largest remnant of relict primeval forests in Europe. It is home to 958 plant species, 59 mammal species, 227 bird species and 24 fish species.
Belarus is one of the world's leaders in restoration of degraded wetland ecosystems: more than 50,000 hectares of disturbed inefficiently drained wetlands have been returned back to nature.
5,500 historical and cultural values are protected by the state. Four objects are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List: Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Mir Castle Complex, Struve Geodetic Arc, Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh.
202 animal species are included in the Belarus Red Book of Endangered Species and are protected by the state, including 20 mammal species, 70 bird species, 2 amphibian species, 10 fish species, 2 reptile species, 87 insect species, 11 other species.
60 liters per second is the volume of water flow of the Golubaya Krinitsa spring (Blue Spring) in Slavgorod District, Mogilev Oblast. It is the most powerful flow of the ascendant type on the Eastern European Plain. The depth of the natural well is more than 150m.
The population of the Republic of Belarus was 9,349,645 as of 1 January 2021. This accounted for 0.12% of the total population of the planet.
4,315,600 people are employed in the country's economy.
31 Belarusian families raise 10 or more minor children, the largest family has 13 children (as of 1 May 2020), according to the Labor and Social Security Ministry.
There were 108,500 large families with three or more children in Belarus as of 1 May 2020, according to the Labor and Social Security Ministry.
382 Belarusians have turned 100, according to the Labor and Social Security Ministry.
There are 3,009 secondary education institutions in the Republic of Belarus.
There are 50 higher education institutions in the Republic of Belarus.
More than 254,000 students were enrolled in higher education institutions in Belarus in 2020/2021, more than 19,000 of them were foreign citizens.
10,000 people living in Belarus have assets worth $1 million or more.
Belarus is Europe's second largest peat producer, behind Finland.
Commercial gypsum reserves of the Brinevskoye deposit in Petrikov District, Gomel Oblast are estimated at 125,618,000 tonnes (according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection).
Commercial oil shale reserves of two fields are estimated at 3.9 billion tonnes (according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection).
Proven and confirmed reserves of potash salts in the Republic of Belarus are estimated at 7.5 billion tonnes (according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection).
Quartz sand reserves of two commercial fields are estimated at 35.8 million tonnes (according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection).
The total proven reserves of dolomite deposits in the Republic of Belarus are 909 million tonnes (according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection).
Belarus was named best agrotourism destination in 2016 and 2018 by the National Geographic Traveler Awards.
Belarus is the world’s first country to legalize cryptocurrency. The Belarusian President signed the corresponding decree on 21 December 2017.
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Belarus is the world’s 3rd biggest butter producer and 4th largest cheese producer (per capita).
Belarus ranked 18th among 166 states on the Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDG Index), according to the Sustainable Development Report 2020: The Sustainable Development Goals and Covid-19.
Belarus ranks 26th among 234 states and autonomous territories in the number of bilateral investment agreements (according to UNCTAD).
Belarus ranks 32nd among 189 states on the Education Index (the latest report was published in 2019).
Belarus ranked 40th among 193 states on the E-Government Development Index 2020. The country made it into the Top 40 with a very high level of e-government development (Very-High-EGDI).
Belarus ranked 57th on the Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index 2021.
Belarus ranks 48th on the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2022.
Belarus ranked 55th on the Environmental Performance Index 2022.
Belarus goes 61st on the Social Progress Index according to the Social Progress Index report 2022.
Belarus ranks 49th among 190 countries on the Ease of Doing Business, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 Report.
Belarus ranked 60th among 191 states on the Human Development Index according to the Human Development Report 2021/2022.
Belarus ranked 66th among 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 of the international non-governmental organization Transparency International. The country scored 45 points out of 100, up four positions compared to 2018 (for comparison, the neighboring countries: Ukraine scored 30 points (126th), Russia scored 28 points (137th)).
Belarus is 66th among 167 states on The Legatum Prosperity Index 2021.
Belarus' sovereign credit rating in terms of foreign currency liabilities stands at level B with a stable outlook (S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings).
Belarus exported $37,041.9 million worth of goods and services in 2020. Belarus’ trade-to-GDP ratio exceeds 50%.
Belarus exported 11.8 million tonnes of potash fertilizers worth $2.41 billion in 2020. Belarus ranks 2nd in the world in terms of potash fertilizer production.
More than 100 countries import Belarusian potash fertilizers.
Belarus exported more than $20 billion worth of dairy products in 2010-2020, placing 12th worldwide in 2019.
Belarus exported 291,400 tonnes of colza oil in 2020, ranking 9th in the world’s colza oil exports.
Belarus is one of the world's 11 major potato producers and goes first in the per capita potato production.
Belarus exported 1,587,500 cubic meters of wood panels in 2020. The country maked it into the world’s top ten wood panel exporters in 2019.
Belarus exported $63,785,600 worth of flax, linen yarn and fabric in 2020. The country was the world’s fifth largest exporter of flax and linen in 2019.
Belarus sold into 174 countries in 2020.
Belarus exported farm produce and food products to 117 countries in 2019.
BelAZ holds 30% of the global market of super heavy-duty vehicles.
Belarus’ exports of computer services made up $2.5 billion in 2020. In the per capita computer services exports Belarus exceeds such countries as the USA, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Poland, China, and Russia.
A total of companies were registered at the Hi-Tech Park as of 1 January 2021. Over 91% of software developed in the HTP is bound for export.
About 1 billion people in 193 countries use mobile apps developed by resident companies of the Hi-Tech Park. Companies from 67 countries are customers of the Hi-Tech Park.
Over 120 million people play World of Tanks, one of the world’s top 5 most profitable MMOs. In 2012 the World of Tanks MMO became a cybersport and is now part of the program of the World Cyber Games.
5 out of the world’s 10 largest corporations (according to Forbes) are customers of the Hi-Tech Park.
6 companies residing in the Hi-Tech Park are in The Global Outsourcing 100 according to the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals. In 2018 the Hi-Tech Park companies Bell Integrator, EPAM Systems, IBA Group, Itransition, Ciklum, and Artezio became part of the top 100.
10 Belarusian IT companies are in the Software 500 list (a ranking of the world’s largest software vendors and services providers).
Belaruskali is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of potash fertilizers. It accounts for 1/6 of the world’s output of potash fertilizers.
MTZ Holding Company is one of the world’s top eight manufacturers of agricultural machines. The company designs and makes wheeled and tracked tractors, walk-behind tractors, and helps set up aftersales service.
The Belarusian crew of the MAZ-SPORTauto team led by Sergei Vyazovich came third during the Dakar 2020 rally raid in Saudi Arabia.
In 2017 Belarus was ranked 47th out of 152 countries according to the Competitive Industrial Performance Index. The index takes into account indicators of the added value of the processing industry and the export of industrial goods, including by medium-tech and hi-tech companies.
256 types of innovative products are made by the Belarusian steel mill BMZ. In 2019 the company sold about 740,000 tonnes of innovative products worth over $368 million to customers. The share of innovative products in the total shipments amounted to 27.3%.
450 tonnes is the carrying capacity of the world’s largest haul truck BelAZ 75710, which was created in Belarus in 2013. It set a Guinness record by carrying 503.5 tonnes of freight in a test area.
74.5 years is the life expectancy in Belarus at birth.
150,000 patients from over 100 countries come to Belarus every year for treatment and recreation according to the Ministry of Healthcare.
Over the course of ten years Belarusian medics performed 3,144 kidney transplantations, 699 liver transplantations, 377 heart transplantations, 22 lung transplantations, and 33 multivisceral transplantations. As many as 528 organ transplantations (56.1 per 1 million) were performed in 2019 alone.
326 medical rehabilitation departments operate in the country, including 96 departments for inpatient treatment, according to the Ministry of Healthcare.
Belarus has managed to reduce infant mortality to 2.4 per mille (2019). It is one of the world’s lowest figures. The survival rate of babies with an extremely low body mass is on the rise. Belarusian medics nurse to health infants born as early as the 22nd week of pregnancy. Belarus is one of the countries with the lowest infant mortality and maternal mortality.
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About 1,603.1 million passengers are transported in Belarus per annum by all means of transportation (2020).
Over 398.7 million tonnes of freight is transported in Belarus per annum by all means of transportation (2020).
Over 1,500km is the length of Belarusian motorways with higher than standard speed limits.
According to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the total length of two trans-European transport corridors within Belarus’ borders exceeds 1,500km.
Trans-European transport corridors cross the territory of the Republic of Belarus. Their international designations are II West-East (Berlin - Warsaw - Minsk - Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod) and IX North-South (Helsinki - St Petersburg / Moscow - Kiev - Chisinau) with the IXB branch (Kaliningrad / Klaipeda - Vilnius - Minsk - Kiev - Chisinau). They connect Western Europe with many centers of industry in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Moldova, and other countries.
7,900km is the length of gas trunk lines in Belarus.
335 cars per 1,000 people is the availability of cars among the population (as of 1 January 2021).
96 awards: 20 gold, 32 silver, 44 bronze medals have been won by Belarusian athletes during Olympic Games since the country’s National Olympic Committee was officially recognized (at the 101st session of the International Olympic Committee in Monaco on 21 September 1993).
In Belarus there were 613 hotels and comparable lodging facilities that offer 20,300 rooms in 2020.
483 – number of health resorts, recuperation and other Belarusian specialized facilities which can accommodate about 50,000 visitors.
1,801 – number of architectural monuments in Belarus.
1,214 – number of historical monuments in Belarus.
67 – number of art monuments in Belarus.
2,253 – number of archeological monuments in Belarus.
160 – number of museums in Belarus.
23,306 – number of physical education and sports facilities in Belarus.
16.9 million hectares is the area of hunting lands.
2,936 – number of agro- and eco-tourism facilities in the Republic of Belarus.
433,300 tourists, including 9,100 foreigners, used the services of agro- and eco-tourism facilities in 2020.
26.7% of the GDP – consolidated budget revenues (January-December 2020).
28.6% of the GDP – consolidated budget spending (January-December 2020).
-1.8% of the GDP – consolidated budget deficit (January-December 2020).
12.3% of the GDP – consolidated budget spending on the social sector (January-December 2020).
25.7% of the GDP – tax burden on the economy (2019).
12% - refinancing rate of the National Bank (as of 1 March 2022).
24 banks are operational in the territory of Belarus.
7.4% - inflation rate in Belarus (increase in consumer prices in December 2020 as against December 2019).
$7.1 billion – international reserve assets (as of 1 March 2021).
66 bilateral international agreements on promotion and mutual protection of investment were concluded by the Republic of Belarus.
43.2 tonnes – Belarus’ gold reserves (as of 1 January 2021).
15.5 million bank cards were in use in Belarus as of 1 January 2021, about 1.65 per capita.
70 international agreements on avoiding double taxation and prevention of tax evasion were concluded in the Republic of Belarus.
$8.5 billion worth of foreign direct investment was accumulated in the Belarusian economy as of early 2021.
$1.4 billion worth of foreign direct investment on a net basis was raised in 2020.
73.2% of the Belarusian population aged 6-72 used personal computers (2020).
85.1% of the Belarusian population aged 6-72 used the Internet (2020).
97.9% of the Belarusian population aged 6-72 used mobile phones (2020).
100% of Belarusian homes have electricity supply.
653.2 million kWh of electricity was exported in 2020.
26 hydroelectric power stations are operational in Belarus.
109 wind mills with the aggregate capacity of 218.09MW were built in the country, the majority of them are located in Grodno Oblast and Mogilev Oblast.
95 solar generators for commercial use with the aggregate capacity of 154.81MW were erected in Belarus, the majority of them are located in Grodno Oblast, Mogilev Oblast and Brest Oblast.
33 biogas installations producing electricity and heat were built in Belarus. Their aggregate electric capacity is 42.29MW, heat capacity is 24.95MW.
About 250 EV charging stations were available in Belarus at the end of 2019.
By 2025, greenhouse gas emissions in Belarus will be reduced by 33% from the level of 1990. The obligation to reduce emissions by 28% as envisaged in the Paris Climate Agreement has been fulfilled.
442,200 tonnes of coal equivalent was saved in Belarus in 2019 thanks to energy saving measures.
98.5% of new apartment buildings were erected using energy efficient technologies in 2020.
80 ecological public associations are operational in Belarus, about 20 ecological centers with 2,500 ecology and biology clubs welcome over 30,000 students every year.
The Republic of Belarusian annually exports $1.5 million worth of recyclable materials.
Over 80 electric buses are available in the municipal transport fleet in Belarus. Electric tour buses are also used in the territory of the Svityazyansky Landscape Reserve and the park and palace complex in Nesvizh.
50 Belarusian cities and towns have joined the project to develop green sustainable cities as part of the voluntary international initiative of the European Union - the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.