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Country name: conventional long form: Republic of Belarus
conventional short form: Belarus
local long form: Respublika Byelarus'
local short form: Byelarus'
former: Belorussian (Byelorussian) Soviet Socialist Republic
Location: Eastern Europe, east of Poland, west of Russia
Geographic coordinates: 53 00 N, 28 00 E
Area: 207,600 sq. km
Land boundaries: 3,098 km
border countries: Latvia 141 km, Lithuania 502 km, Poland 605 km, Russia 959 km, Ukraine 891 km
Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)
Climate: cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime
Terrain: generally flat and contains much marshland
Population: 10,350,194 (July 2001 est.)
Ethnic groups: Byelorussian 81.2%, Russian 11.4%, Polish, Ukrainian, and other 7.4%
Religions: Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.)
Languages: Byelorussian, Russian, other
Capital City: Minsk (pop 1.7 million)
Currency: Byelorussian ruble (EEK)

Need more? You may wish to check up CIA's World Fact Book or Belarus' Mission at UN Web Site. To find out other sources of information see our Info Guides.

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