The official currency of Belarus is called Ruble.
Belarus is located in Eastern Europe.
Estimated population (2010): 9,491,000
Estimated population (2000): 9,988,000
Estimated population (1950): 7,745,000
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Like all other former Soviet countries, Belarus faced a deep economic crisis. Belarus however chose a different way to overcome this crisis. Belarus has tried to implement "market socialism". In this system, the government controls prices and currency exchange rates. Also the government intervenes in the management of private enterprises.
Belarus has rich natural resources. Belarus also has deposits of clay, sand, chalk, dolomite, phosphorite, and rock and potassium salt. Forests cover about a third of the land, and lumbering is an important sector.
The nuclear accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukrain, had a devastating effect on Belarus. As a result of the radioactivity release, agriculture in a large part of the country was destroyed, and many villages were abandoned. Resettlement and medical costs were substantial.
The most popular places in Belarus among international travellers