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.
650km is the length of the Republic of Belarus from west to east.
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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.
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 83,400km2 of Belarus’ territory. This accounts for 40.1% 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 1,338 specially protected natural areas with a total area of 1.90 million hectares (as of 1 January 2023), which accounts for 9.1% of the country's territory. Of these:
- 1 reserve (Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve);
- 4 national parks (Belovezhskaya Pushcha; Pripyatsky, Braslav Lakes, Narochansky);
- 375 wildlife sanctuaries.
The most famous protected area in the country is Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the largest remnant of relict primeval forests in Europe.
Belarus is one of the world's leaders in restoration of degraded wetland ecosystems.
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 population of the Republic of Belarus was 9,200,617 as of 1 January 2023. This accounted for 0.1% of the total population of the planet.
4,214,300 people were employed in the country's economy in 2022.
There were 122,600 large families with three or more children in Belarus as of 1 July 2023, according to the Labor and Social Security Ministry.
There were 2,900 secondary education institutions in the Republic of Belarus at the beginning of the 2022/2023 academic year.
There were 50 higher education institutions in the Republic of Belarus at the beginning of the 2022/2023 academic year.
More than 228,000 students were enrolled in higher education institutions in Belarus in 2022/2023; 16,000 of them were foreign citizens.
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.
Belarus ranked 34th among 166 states on the Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDG Index), according to the Sustainable Development Report 2023.
Belarus ranks 26th among 234 states and autonomous territories in the number of bilateral investment agreements (according to UNCTAD).
Belarus ranks 47th among 191 states on the United Nations Development Programme: Education Index 2022.
Belarus ranked 58th among 193 states on the E-Government Development Index 2022.
Belarus ranked 52nd on the Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index 2022.
Belarus ranks 46th on the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2023.
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 ranked 60th among 191 states on the Human Development Index according to the Human Development Report 2021/2022.
Belarus ranked 91st among 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2022 of the international non-governmental organization Transparency International.
Belarus is 78th among 167 states on The Legatum Prosperity Index 2023.
Belarus exported $46,845.6 million worth of goods and services in 2022. Belarus’ trade-to-GDP ratio exceeds 60%.
Belarus exported more than $28 billion worth of dairy products in 2010-2022, including $3.4 billion in 2022.
Belarus ranked 4th in the world’s colza oil exports in 2022.
Belarus made it into the world’s top 15 wood panel exporters in 2022.
Belarus made it to the top ten flax and linen exporters in 2022 (6th place).
Belarus sold into 157 countries in 2022.
Belarus exported farm produce and food products to 98 countries in 2022.
Belarus' trade surplus in goods and services made up 4,565.6 million in 2022.
A total of 1,037 companies were registered at the Hi-Tech Park as of 1 January 2023. 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.
5 out of the world’s 10 largest corporations (according to Forbes) are customers of the Hi-Tech Park.
10 Belarusian IT companies are in the Software 500 list (a ranking of the world’s largest software vendors and services providers).
The Belarusian crew of the MAZ-SPORTauto team led by Sergei Vyazovich came third during the Dakar 2020 rally raid in Saudi Arabia. Team Belarus won the Silk Road Rally in 2023.
In 2021 Belarus was ranked 53rd out of 153 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.
74.4 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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More than 1,568 million passengers were transported in Belarus by all means of transportation (2022).
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.
323 cars per 1,000 people is the availability of cars among the population (as of 1 January 2023).
105 awards: 21 gold, 37 silver, 47 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 592 hotels and comparable lodging facilities that offered 19,800 rooms in 2022.
474 – number of health resorts, recuperation and other Belarusian specialized facilities which could accommodate about 48,000 visitors in 2022.
1,829 – number of architectural monuments in Belarus as of the end of 2022.
1,216 – number of historical monuments in Belarus as of the end of 2022.
67 – number of art monuments in Belarusas of the end of 2022.
2,240 – number of archeological monuments in Belarus as of the end of 2022.
157 – number of museums in Belarus as of the end of 2022.
23,387 – number of physical education and sports facilities in Belarus as of the end of 2022.
16.9 million hectares is the area of hunting lands.
559,800 tourists, including 19,300 foreigners, used the services of 3,043 agro- and eco-tourism facilities in 2022.
9,5% - refinancing rate of the National Bank (as of 28 June 2023).
21 banks are operational in the territory of Belarus (as of 1 August 2023).
3.3% - inflation rate in Belarus (increase in consumer prices in July 2023 as against December 2022).
$8 billion – international reserve assets (as of 1 August 2023).
66 bilateral international agreements on promotion and mutual protection of investment were concluded by the Republic of Belarus.
44.4 tonnes – Belarus’ gold reserves (as of 1 January 2022).
18.7 million bank cards were in use in Belarus as of 1 January 2023.
70 international agreements on avoiding double taxation and prevention of tax evasion were concluded in the Republic of Belarus.
$9.2 billion worth of foreign direct investment was accumulated in the Belarusian economy as of 1 July 2023.
$1.7 billion worth of foreign direct investment on a net basis was raised in January-June 2023.
70.7% of the Belarusian population aged 6-72 used personal computers (2022).
89.5% of the Belarusian population aged 6-72 used the Internet (2022).
98.6% of the Belarusian population aged 6-72 used mobile phones (2022).
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.
577,000 tonnes of coal equivalent was saved in Belarus in 2019 thanks to energy saving measures.
99.5% of new apartment buildings were erected using energy efficient technologies in 2022.
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.
102 electric buses are available in the municipal transport fleet in Belarus.