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.
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.