Belarus – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Full name: Republika Belarus

Nationality
        noun: Belarusian(s)         adjective: Belarusian

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Area         total: 207,600 sq km         land: 207,600 sq km         water: 0 sq km 

Population: 10,300,483 (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic groups
        Belarusian 81.2%

        Russian 11.4%        Polish 3.9%        Ukrainian 2.4%        other 1.1% (1999 census)

Capital: Minsk, population 1,730,000

Largest Cities

        Homyel – 505,000        Mahilyow – 370,000        Vitebsk – 360,000        Hrodna – 310,000        Brest – 300,000        Bobruisk – 230,000        Borisov – 155,000

Official Language 

        Belarusian        Russian

Religion

        Eastern Orthodox 80%,        other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.) 

Political system: republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship 

GDP: purchasing power parity – $70.5 billion

GDP per head: purchasing power parity – $6,800 

Annual growth: 6.4%

GDP – composition by sector 

        agriculture: 11%         industry: 36.4%         services: 52.6%  


Inflation:
17.4%

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