Essential info for Belarus

Population: About 9.5 million

Capital city: Minsk

Neighbouring countries: Belarus is bordered by Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to the west, Ukraine to the south, and Russia to the east.

Geography: The geography of Belarus is mainly flat, forested land with a number of streams, lakes and rivers.

Political system: Presidential republic

Major religions: Orthodox Christianity

Main languages: Belarusian and Russian

Currency: The Belarusian ruble (BYR) is divided into 100 kopecks. ATMs are easily accessible in all major urban centres and expats should not have trouble using their bank cards.

Tipping: A small gratuity of around five percent is generally expected at restaurants and cafes. 

Time: GMT+3

Electricity: 220/240 volts and 50Hz. Plugs usually have two round pins.

Internet domain: .by

International dialling code: +375

Emergency numbers: 103 (ambulance), 101 (fire), 102 (police)

Driving: Cars in Belarus drive on the right-hand side of the road. There is an extensive public transport system of buses, trams, taxis and trolleys for expats to take advantage of in Belarus.

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