About Belarus

Belarus National Library

updated on 30.07.2011

The National Library of Belarus (Minsk Library) is the most valuable object of cultural heritage of the Belarusian nation. Its mission is to accumulate, preserve and provide knowledge of the humankind to the society. The constructions commenced on November 2002. Read full article


A day at Ozertso...

updated on 26.07.2011

A tourist group from Herbalife decided to have a day tour in Minsk and around in early July. The requirements for the tailored tour were rather special – a Minsk city tour and an entertainment program with some folklore elements... Read full article


The population of Belarus

updated on 22.07.2011

According to the census of 2009 the population of Belarus amounted to 9 489 000 people of which 53,4 per cent are women and 46,6 per cent are men. 74 per cent of the population live in the cities while 26 per cent reside in the countryside...  Read full article


Dacha in Belarus

updated on 19.07.2011

Dacha is a countryside house with a small strip of land on which a city family grows vegetables and fruit. Dacha is an integral part of the Belarusian culture and it makes a particularly favorite pastime for the older generations... Read full article


Belarusian traditional cuisine

updated on 12.07.2011

The history of the Belarusian cuisine is very long - its development has been affected by the cuisines of the neighbor nations – Russians, Latvians, Ukrainians, etc. with whom the Belarusians always had close economic and cultural relations... Read full article


Weather in Belarus

updated on 06.07.2011

Belarus is located in mid latitudes and has a rather flat relief. The geographical location and the air masses of the Atlantic Ocean form the moderate continental climate of the country its typical features being rainy warm summer, mild winter with frequent thaws...  Read full article


Folk crafts in Belarus: pottery

updated on 06.07.2011

Pottery is another widespread craft in Belarus and is a part of the Belarusian culture. Potters used clay to produce items for household and decoration. Pottery appeared in Belarus 4-3 thousand years BC when first ceramics – hand-shaped pots for cooking were produced in large numbers... Read full article


The flag of Belarus

updated on 06.07.2011

The national symbols of any country stand for its sovereignty and independence. The coat of arms and the flag of one’s country symbolize one’s native land.  Read full article


History of Belarus. WWI - present

updated on 06.07.2011

The WWI broke out in 1914 and one quarter of the western Belarusian territories were occupied by German troops in 1915. The Russian regime launched...  Read full article


History of Belarus. Tribal times - WWI

updated on 06.07.2011

The Slavs started to spread across the Balkans in the 5-6 centuries, from where they proceeded to the south towards Roman provinces and to the east... Read full article


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Can I get insurance for Belarus online?
updated on 06.02.2017

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How do I apply for a Belarus tourist visa?
updated on 13.02.2017

Applying at their local Belarus Consulate, the citizens of migration-secure states (e.g. the USA, Canada, Japan and others) can obtain a short-term...

Filling in Belarus visa application
updated on 02.01.2017

The form of application for a visa to Belarus has become digital and you can save and send it as a PDF file. It is only a 2-page document that is available...

Anything I should know about landing in MSQ Minsk Airport?
updated on 08.02.2017

Quite a number of things, as a matter of fact. Let’s examine a typical case from my travel agent’s past with a traveler landing in Minsk Airport (MSQ) and applying for a visa...

How do I apply for a Belarus private/guest visa?
updated on 01.02.2017

People, who want to travel to Belarus to see a friend, take care of the grave of a relative, take part in the court hearings, etc. need to apply for a private visa... 

Tour Belarus for family research
updated on 16.05.2013

This article covers field family research in Belarus that in most cases comes after dealing with the State archives of Belarus and genealogical research.

Using a plastic card in Belarus?
updated on 14.10.2016

A plastic card is a fine thing, no doubt, but there have been a number of cases when the ATM displayed ERROR, or required a PIN code...

Traditional souvenirs from Belarus?
updated on 18.10.2016

While most tourists agree that Belarus is not the country for grand shopping, there are still some things that can be brought back as souvenirs...