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Information about MINSK Minsk is the capital of Belarus, a flat piece of land straddling the shortest route between Moscow and the Polish border. Minsk is a cosmopolitan centre and a shining testament to Soviet urban planning. Minsk's recapture by the Soviet army left barely a stone standing, meaning most buildings have only been around since 1944. Minsk is probably the best example of grand scale pure Soviet planning. It has a bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere and a cleaner, brighter feel than other former Soviet cities. The center of the city is where most of the action and attraction is. The main roads, Skoriny and Masherova are the cleanest and busiest in Minsk. The city is also much safer than one would imagine. Many people hear bad things about Minsk, and Belarus in general, but the streets are quite safe. This is probably due to the huge amount of police and soldiers that can be found throughout the city. Don't be afraid to get out and meet the friendly people of Belarus. Minsk's main street, praspekt Skaryny, is a huge and hectic promenade. At the south-western end of the street, the 500m (1640ft) long ploshcha Nezalezhnastsi (Independence Square) is surrounded with government buildings and the attractive Polish Catholic Church of St Simon. During World War I, many Russian-German battles took place in Belarus, and a lot of the country was destroyed. Thousands of Belarusians were executed, mostly in the forests outside Minsk. The German occupation was savage and partisan resistance was widespread. In 1944 the Germans were driven out by the Red Army, but Belarus was trashed in the process: barely a stone was left standing in Minsk and a quarter of the country's population died. The first post-war 5-year plan repaired a lot of the war damage, and Minsk developed into the industrial hub of the USSR.
 
Available Trades in MINSK CLOTHING - TEXTILES & ACCESSORIES
ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE
FOOD - BEVERAGE & NEWSAGENTS
FURNITURE & CARPENTRY SERVICES
LEGAL SERVICES
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
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BELARUS

General Information
Capital: Minsk
Area: 207,595 km (80,153 sq miles).2
Population: 9.8 million
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz. Adaptors are recommended.
IDD: +375
Timezone: GMT +2 Hrs (+3 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Belarusian and Russian (both official). Other.

Government
Government: Republic since 1991.

Religion
Religion: Christian, mainly Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic with small Protestant, Jewish and Muslim communities.

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Belarus Rouble (BYB) 1.00 = 100 Kopeks

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Sat: 9.00-18.00

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 60 km/h, Outside cities: 90 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years.

Driving License
Driving License: International Driving Permit required. When travelling by private vehicle, travellers must be able to produce ownership documents or a letter of 'power of attorney' at customs offices at border crossings. Only originals of these documents are accepted. Travellers must have third party car insurance or they may get an on-the-spot fine. Travellers can only buy this when entering Belarus. Motorists should enquire at customs border offices for information.

Climate
Climate: Cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and coastal areas

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800

GPS
GPS: 53 55 N, 27 33 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 09.00-19.00. In big cities shops are open daily and many open 24 hours a day.


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