GLOBAL CITIZEN: BELARUS
The republic of Belarus (meaning “White Russia” in Russian) is located in Eastern Europe, landlocked between 5 other countries namely Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, is known for its Stalinist architecture, grand fortifications and primeval forests
The country is divided into 6 regions which are named after the cities that serve as their administrative centres: Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev, Vitebsk and Minsk -the capital city.
The Country’s climate is transitional between maritime and continental. About 40% of Belarus is covered with forests (Nearly one-third of the country is covered with pushchas, large unpopulated tracts of forests. Belarus's 3,000 streams and 4,000 lakes are major features of its landscape. The most common resource in Belarus is peat which is used in fertilizers and as a fuel.
From 1230s-1795 AD Belarus was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish Lithuanian commonwealth, resulting in a polish lithuaniastic influence on Belarus for a long period of time. In the 1800s Russia took over and later it was integrated with the Soviet Union and following its collapse, the country became independent in 1991.
Belarus has a total population of about 9.5 million with 80% identifying themselves as ethnically Belarusian. Belarusian and Russian are the official languages with Russian speakers (72%) being more than Belarusian (11.4)
It is a unitary presidential republic but many...