Many believe that Belarus is part of Russia and here you can see bears that walk around the city. But these are only myths.
Belarus is the country with unique history and rich cultural heritage. The country is landlocked, but due to its geographical position, Belarus is a trade and transport link between Europe and the CIS countries.
Belarus is a lake-country. There are about 10,800 lakes here. The lakes are particularly numerous in the north. The largest is Lake Naroch — 80 square kilometres. The lakes are noted for their great depth, transparent water and beautiful scenery.
Belarus is a green country. The territory of Belarus is 40% forest, which corresponds to the green strip in the Belarusian flag. The largest forests are called pushchas. The Byelovezhskaya Pushcha is famous for its aurochs (European bisons). Fauna is rich and diverse there: one can see elks and deer, wild boars and wolves, bears and foxes, beavers and lynxes, not mentioning myriads of birds.
The capital and the largest city of Belarus is Minsk. During World War II, Minsk was completely destroyed. Today, Minsk is a modern European city with excellent transport links and a developed economy.
The population of Minsk is about 1.8 million people. Recently the capital’s infrastructure has actively invested to by foreign investors from the Gulf countries, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, China, Russia and Latin America.
Tourist note that Мinsk is a very clean and tidy city. Minsk is among the first three cleanest cities in the world according to the American financial news portal «The Street”. Minsk is also а quite city, and Belarus itself is one of the safest countries in the world.
More than 70% of Belarusians has a university degree. The government of the Republic of Belarus actively participates in education and health sphere of life in the country. For Belarusians education and treatment is free of charge. However, it is not that easy to obtain higher education in Belarus as it may seem. The educational base of the Republic of Belarus is the best that was achieved in the educational system of the Soviet Union and it deserves the title of one of the most successful education systems that has ever existed in the world, only with the difference that the current institutions constantly monitor the latest changes in their fields and methods of teaching their students. Now in Belarus 30% of students obtaining a certificate with the first or the second degree in higher education are foreign students. In general, foreign students choose obtaining a degree in medical, humanitarian and engineering spheres. Often such a degree is of higher quality comparing with the degree that they can obtain at home.