Today we are learning about our first eastern european country, Belarus !

The flag :

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So, the current flag looks like the first one. But recently, following massive protest against the oppressive government, many Belarusian reclaimed the second one as their, and as a belarusian flag that represents the belarusian people. It used to be the flag of the democratic party.

The country :

Belarus is an eastern european country located between Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. The country is landlocked, meaning it has no access to the sea.
The country is divided between 8 regions.

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Around 9,4 million people live in Belarus.
The official languages are Belarusian and Russian. Polish, Ukrainian and Yiddish are three minority languages that are recognized by the country. The country use Cyrillic as its alphabet, here's how to write Belarus in Belarusian : "Беларусь".

Belarus has no official motto, but the one usually used is "Жыве Беларусь!", meaning "Long live Belarus !".

The main religion is Belarus is Orthodox Christianity, for 48.3% of the population, while 41.1% identify as atheist and 7.1% as Catholic Christians. Around 3.3% of the population are of various other religions, such as Judaism, Islam or Paganism.

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The capital city is also the largest city, Minsk. Other major cities include Gomel, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Grodno and Brest.

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Minsk
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Gomel
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Mogilev
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Vitebsk
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Grodno
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Brest

The ethnic groups of Belarus :

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The biggest ethnic group of Belarus are the Belarusian, which makes 84.9% of the population. They are a east slavic people who speaks Belarusian.

The second largest ethnic groups are Russians, who makes 7.5% of the population, followed by Poles for 3.1% and Ukrainians 1.7%. All of these groups live mainly on the border between their country of origins and Belarus, as the border were created more recently after the fall of the USSR. Other groups such as Jewish, Romani, Armenian or Tatar people makes 2.2% of the population.

The most famous landmarks of Belarus :

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The Mir Castle
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The Victory Square
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The Lida Castle
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The Gorky Park
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The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum
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The Nesvizh Castle
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The Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park
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The National Opera and Ballet
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The Dudutki Museum
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The Mound of Glory Memorial
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The Gomel Palace
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The Kosava Castle

As always, these are only a small few of what you can visit.

Now, let's see some famous people from Belarus !

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The Painter Marc Chagall
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The Gymnast Olga Korbut
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The Model Maryna Linchuk
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The Writer Svetlana Alexievich
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The Actor and Martial Artist Andrei Arlovski

The Athlete Svetlana Boginskaya.

The Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

The Poet Yanka Kupala.

And that is all for today ! Belarus is a beautiful country, I support all Belarusian who protests for political stability and the end of corruption. If it is your first time hearing about Belarus, I recommand you to try to learn about the Belarus protests.
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And the next article will be about... Belgium !