123 facts about Belarus through the eyes of Russians

123 facts about Belarus through the eyes of Russians

According to the results of the study of the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion from the CIS countries, the most positive image in the eyes of Russians is Belarus. The Russian has lived quite a lot of time in Belarus and today will tell you about this amazing and colorful country.


Nikita Terekhov writes: For a long time I lived in Belarus. I decided to write an article about this amazing country, since many Russians don’t really know anything about Belarus.


1. If you enter Belarus from Russia, nothing will change in principle, but you will immediately notice some visual differences:
2. Domains on billboards end not on.ru, but on .by.
3. Prices are in rubles, but by the standards of Russians, they are simply stunning. The fact is that one Russian ruble costs about 270 Belarusian, so the inscription “Notebook for only 3 999 000 rubles” will not surprise anyone.
4. The names of many companies begin with “Bel”: “Beltelecom”, “Belarusbank”, “Belgosstrakh”, etc.
five.The official symbols of their own, here you will not see anywhere double-headed eagle.
6. The population of Belarus is 9.5 million, two of them live in Minsk.
7. In Belarus, only Minsk is a millionaire city. The second largest city - Gomel - has about 500 thousand.
8. Military service is unforgivably long - 1.5 years. It is impossible to pay off (at least I have not heard of this). Conscripts and only look for all sorts of sores to "hang out" from serving the fatherland. And many, I must say, are.
9. A ticket to a Minsk cinema costs an average of $ 3-4.
10. In the Minsk metro there is a station “Kastrychnitskaya”. The name often amuses guests from Russia and Ukraine. And it translates as “October”, since “October” in Belarusian will be “kastrychnik”.


11. The largest ancient forest in Europe is in Belarus - it is Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which has almost 2000 giant trees. By age, some of them are older than the discovery of America by Columbus. A part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is located in Poland. By the way, an agreement on the collapse of the Soviet Union was signed in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
12. Belarus is home to the famous Bobruisk - the capital of Albania and the favorite city of Shura Balaganov.
13.The KGB and the traffic police in Belarus are not renamed.
14. In Belarus they make krambambula - an alcoholic drink infused with honey and herbs. It can be drunk both cold and hot. To be honest, not all Belarusians themselves know about Krambambula, but the educated always know. A bottle of Krambambula will be a great gift for your friends at home. It can be bought in the supermarket "Corona".
15. Currency can be exchanged in any of the banks. At the same time there are no cash desks, as in Russia, in which sometimes a significant commission is charged.
16. Minsk is a very compact and convenient city for living; almost round, in diameter of about 25 km. Until 1939, Minsk was called Mensk. It was nearly renamed in the early 1990s.
17. By the way, there are no coins in Belarus. All money is paper. The minimum bill is 50 rubles (slightly more than 0.5 cents).
18. Few advertising on the streets.
19. In Belarus, there is no religious hatred. Often, people generally violet, who professes what religion.
20. In the second half of the 20s of the last century in the Byelorussian SSR there were four state languages: Russian, Belarusian, Polish and Yiddish. Do not believe? We give the coat of arms of the then BSSR.


21. Dog in the Belarusian language - he.“Persha blan sabaku” is the Belarusian equivalent of the adage “the first pancake is lumpy”.
22. Belarus has good roads, this is noted by all visitors. On the roads, good markup.
23. “Milavitsa” is translated from Belarusian as “Venus”. However, most people abroad associate Milavitsu with beautiful women's underwear.
24. Independence Square in Minsk is one of the largest in Europe. Photo attached. By the way, the main avenue of the capital is also called Independence Avenue (in the 1990s and early 2000s, it was called Francis Skaryna Avenue).


25. Twice in Soviet history, Mogilev almost became the capital of Belarus. The first time was in 1938, when the border of the USSR lay just a few kilometers from Minsk. Even the reconstruction of the city began, but here take and even join Western Belarus, and the idea of ​​transferring the capital to Mogilev disappeared. For the second time, the issue of transfer arose seriously after the liberation of Minsk from the invaders - the city was almost completely destroyed and there were two options: to build Minsk in a new place, or to transfer the capital to another. But it did not work out.
26. There are three mobile operators in Belarus: MTS, Velcom and Life. Coverage 100%.
27.The average monthly salary in Belarus (on hand) is about $ 500, in Minsk - 600. Prices are comparable with Russian ones. The rent for most citizens is low. For a two-bedroom apartment you need to pay an average of $ 15 per month.
28. In Belarus collective farms are saved, all fields are processed. This is especially noticeable when entering Belarus from Russia. The fields are really well maintained and very beautiful. No weeds and weeds. This fact can be checked on google.maps. There are very few farmers in Belarus.
29. By the way, it is right to speak and write - Belarus, not Belarus. Belarusians never say "Belarus".
30. In Belarusian schools and universities, marks are set on a 10-point scale. The four is equal to the top three (on a five-point scale), the six - to the four, the nine - to the top five. The five-point scale has long been forgotten.
31. Everyone is learning English. Although the level of proficiency in the language still leaves much to be desired.
32. Guys with girls usually meet in universities, at work or in the company of friends. On the street, meeting girls is not accepted, as well as talking to strangers.
33. In Belarus, the two state languages ​​- Russian and Belarusian.Virtually no one speaks Belarusian, even in the countryside, but everyone treats him warmly. Many Belarusians deeply regret that they have forgotten their culture.


34. The Belarusian language is equally similar to Polish and Russian. Therefore, the Belarusian will understand the Pole, if he speaks slowly. Of all the languages, Belarusian seems to be the most similar to Ukrainian. 98% of the words are the same.
35. Interesting words in Belarusian: “vyasёlka” - “rainbow”, “murzilka” - “muddy”, “kali weasel” - “please”.
36. Belarusian language is very beautiful. Russians and Ukrainians are struck by the fact that in Belarusian many words are written through "a", where in Russian or Ukrainian "o". So do not be surprised by the inscriptions “Vakzal”, “Malako”, “Gorad”, “Maskva”.
37. Belarusians are very warm towards Russians and Ukrainians. Attitude towards foreigners is neutral. Respect for the Poles.
38. Yes, Belarusians are well treated abroad (Poland, the Baltic States, the Czech Republic). Belarusians speak Russian, which is why they are often, at first, confused with the Russians. After clarification, however, the attitude is changing for the better. In the US, few people know that there is such a country - Belarus.And those who know, immediately recall two things: Chernobyl and Lukashenko. What can you do?
39. Despite the cultural and historical proximity to Russia, Belarusians do not identify themselves with Russia.
40. Belarusian-style vodka will be a garel.
41. On the streets a lot of police. The police have not been renamed the police.
42. It is extremely difficult to give a bribe to a traffic policeman. Practically do not take. Allowed to drive with alcohol to 0.3 ppm. If you get drunk - the rights will be selected for sure.
43. In Belarus, trying to comply with traffic rules. The pedestrian's transition to red light is extremely rare. Drivers always pass pedestrians.


44. In Belarus, there are six oblasts - Brest, Grodno, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Gomel and Minsk. The closest major city to Minsk is Vilnius.
45. By the way, Vilnius for more than six centuries was the de facto capital of Belarus; is the cradle of Belarusian culture. Vilnius was previously called Vilnia (or Vilna), and only in 1939 did it become Lithuanian.
46. ​​Villages in western and eastern Belarus are strikingly different. In the west, they are well-kept, in the east - much more neglected. That's noticeable.
47. Belarus has strained relations with the EU and the USA. In this regard, to get a US visa, Belarusians travel to Lithuania or Russia.
48. In Belarus, you can not drink beer and alcohol on the street. Will be fined. Smoking is still possible, but they want to impose a ban.
49. In Belarus, a lot of casinos. Especially in Minsk. After the gambling business was tightened in Russia, casinos in Belarus began to open up like mushrooms after rain, which provided an additional inflow of currency to the country.
50. Smoking of marijuana is, of course, impossible.
51. In Belarus, there are practically no non-Slavs, Blacks, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.
52. Taxi in Minsk costs $ 0.5 per 1 km, travel by public transport and the metro is 25 cents (the fine for ticketless travel is less than $ 3). In Minsk, two subway lines, located crosswise. For an hour by car you can get from any place of the city to any without exception (in the evening and at night - in half an hour). Yes, and public transport, in principle, too. There are few traffic jams.
53. In Minsk there is an amazing bike path about 40 km long. Bicycles have become very popular.
54. The most famous Belarusian poets are Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas. This is a note.


55. Among the nations of Europe, Belarusians were among the first to publish their Bible. The first pioneer of Eastern Slavs - Francis Skaryna. He is Belarusian.
56. Paul Belarus wants to move to Minsk, but it is difficult for visitors. Accommodation costs from $ 1500 per m2. Rent one-room apartment - about $ 300 per month, two-room - $ 450.Do not smile if you are from Moscow :)
57. In Belarus, very quiet and peaceful. You can walk at night without fear for your safety.
58. In Vitebsk every year the famous “Slavic Bazar” takes place.
59. The coat of arms and flag of Belarus are practically Soviet. From 1991 to 1995, the emblem of Belarus was “Chase” (the emblem of today's Lithuania) and a white-red-white flag. They are now banned. Fans with this symbolism are not allowed to the stadiums. Young people sympathize with historical symbolism. The “chase” is rooted in history for at least 700 years, since already in 1366 the local princes Yagailo and Vitovt were using this plot on their seals.
60. Belarusian vodka is good, in supermarkets a lot of foreign vodka, whiskey, etc.
61. To this day in the capital of Belarus on Independence Square, you can see a monument to Lenin erected in Soviet times. In general, Lenins stand in every city.
62. When entering the customs union in Belarus, duties on foreign cars rose sharply. That is why the year before the Belarusians imported a record number of good and practically new cars. Including Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7, etc.
63. A lot of hotels are built for the World Hockey Championship.There are few hotels and they are expensive. But the situation is improving.
64. By the way, Belarus is crazy about hockey. Ice palaces are built everywhere. More money is allocated for hockey than for football. People are much more interested in football (as elsewhere).


65. In Belarus, everything is very much regulated. Street trade is practically absent, very few eateries and cafes. Shawarma and hot pancakes can be bought only in a few markets. In large cities, entirely the most modern hypermarkets and malls.
66. Beggars and homeless virtually none.
67. Belarusian Victoria Azarenka for a long time retained the title of the first racket of the world.
68. There are two religions in Belarus: Orthodoxy and Catholicism. Catholics 20%. Many holidays are duplicated and are days off. For example, in Belarus, the weekend is December 25 and January 7. Likewise with Easter. In Belarus, Radunitsa - the day of remembrance of the ancestors - is a day off. But after the New Year, January 3, as a rule, you need to go to work.
69. Money for a long time has not been called money in Belarus. Money with images of animals were in circulation from 1992 to 1996. Nowadays, the Belarusian ruble is sometimes called “squirrel”. The bills depict buildings.
70Also in Belarus, November 7 is a weekend. In general, Belarus is a very Soviet country - and this is true. The streets of Lenin, Sverdlov, Frunze free. However, in the new districts of the street they get the names of Belarusian figures: ul. Napoleon Orda, st. Yankee Luciny, st. Joseph Zhinovich, etc. The newly opened metro stations were called Grushevka, Mikhalovo, Petrovschina.
71. At the same time, when visitors brag about the fact that they come “back to USSR”, this may alert the Belarusians a little. Belarusians live in the present, not in the Soviet Union.
72. There were a lot of Jews in Belarus. Now much less.
73. In Belarus, Jews are not “not loved”. Anti-Semitism is not observed.
74. 20% of the territory of Belarus is contaminated by radiation after Chernobyl. In the zone of resettlement, you can enter freely. In them you will see a lot of signs with a warning about radiation. In the zones of resettlement there are many living creatures: wolves, wild boars, elks.


75. Despite tolerance, in their history, Belarusians fought almost constantly. You will not believe, but most of all - with Russia. Many times as a result of the wars, villages and cities were burned to the ground.
76. The death penalty has not been abolished in Belarus.
77.Belarus won Eurovision Junior twice.
78. If we talk about national dishes, for some reason everyone immediately recall the pancakes. However, if you say that you know such a dish as a croak, there is no limit to the surprise of the Belarusian (not all Belarusians themselves are aware of this).
79. Probably, the majority of Russians and Ukrainians strongly associate Belarus with Lukashenko. Yes, Lukashenko has ruled the country since 1994. However, Belarus is not only Lukashenka, believe me.
80. The share of the urban population is higher than in all the countries bordering it, without exception, and is 75%.
81. There is no imperialism at all. As I already mentioned, Belarusians do not consider themselves to be Russian and do not make any claims to cultural, territorial and financial domination.
82. In Belarus, women retire at 55, and men at 60.
83. In Belarus there are many monuments to the Patriotic War. Few people know that the war in Belarus began not on June 22, 1941, but on September 1, 1939. The men of the current Grodno and Brest regions were drafted into the ranks of the Polish army and fought against the Germans. During the war, every fourth Belarusian died.
84. In reality, Belarus suffered very much during the Second World War. Minsk has been practically rebuilt (and almost all cities). Old buildings are few. The whole building is Soviet.
85. In the Belarusian cities clean and tidy.


86. Agriculture is developed in Belarus. Belarus is among the world's top five exporters of dairy products. The quality of the products is indeed high.
87. And in the twenty - on arms exports.
88. Belarus had nuclear weapons, but it was taken to Russia in the early 90s. So now Belarus is a nuclear-free territory.
89. Belarus has been in the same state with Lithuania for more than 600 years, more than 300 years with Poland, and almost 200 years with Russia.
90. There are no borders with Russia, you can drive in and not notice (there are not even signs everywhere). But when entering the Bryansk region, the name of Russia was written with an error - “Russian Federation”.
91. A lot of Russians come to Belarus to treat their teeth, paint cars, etc. Qualitatively and cheaper than in Russia.


92. People come to Belarus to relax and “hang out”. The girls are very beautiful.
93. There are practically no rallies in Belarus. It is not recommended to go to them if you do not want to make problems for yourself. Not everyone is satisfied with the existing structure, but they are silent about this.
94. In Belarus, you can not go to university on a pull. After 11 classes the applicants pass the centralized testing, they all trust him, because it is impossible to write off, having learned the answers in advance.It happens that children of deans and rectors cannot enter the university where their parents work.
95. Belarus is very similar to Russia, but Belarus is not Russia.
96. There are many state-owned enterprises in Belarus, private business is not very developed. Many regulations and regulations. It is constantly audible that the next enterprise is being nationalized.
97. Belarusians love the Belarusian language, but are not such nationalists as Ukrainians. Rather indifferent.
98. There are Belarusian and Russian channels. Also Euronews. Ukrainian and Polish - no.
99. Many Belarusians sincerely believe that there is still total chaos and total corruption in Russia, as if nothing has changed since the 90s. And they are proud that everything is calm in this respect.


100. The standard of living in Belarus on average: slightly higher than in Ukraine; slightly lower than in Russia (meaning Russia, not Moscow); lower than in Poland; slightly lower than in Kazakhstan.
101. There are no gigantic deposits of oil or gas in Belarus. About $ 1 billion a year, the country earns on salt. And the rest, you have to spin - to produce and exchange all products. Work and work hard.
102. Speaking of salt.Due to deposits of potash salt, the highest wages in Belarus are recorded not in Minsk, but in Soligorsk.
103. After the collapse of the USSR, large enterprises have been preserved in Belarus. Not all of them are profitable, however, some are quite successful. For example, "BelAZ".
104. Also, after the collapse of the USSR, there was not a strong “hapun” in Belarus, and therefore the stratification in society is much lower than in neighboring states. True, the farther, the bundle increases. There are poor people in Belarus and there are rich people like everywhere else.
105. In Belarus, it is not customary to boast of their wealth. A rich stratum exists, however, there are only a few Bentleys throughout Minsk and, in my opinion, only one Maybach. The rich do not always show others that they are rich. If you glow, there will be problems.
106. Villas and cottages near Minsk also look much simpler and more modest than villas near Moscow or Kiev.
107. In Belarus, the cult of the Great Patriotic War and the Soviet Union. The Great Patriotic War is taught thoroughly at school and university. However, young people are not very interested in this topic.
108. At the same time, Belarus has a rich history. In the Middle Ages, Belarus was called the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.The name Belarus appeared only in the XVI-th (or so) century. But this does not mean that there were no Belarusians before. Earlier they were called Litvins. In the 90s, the country officially wanted to name the “Lithuanian Republic of Belarus”.
109. Belarus is by no means an artificial entity generated by the USSR!

110. In Belarus, there are many programmers per capita, an order of magnitude higher than in Russia and Ukraine. The world's largest outsourcing companies (after India) are located in Belarus (Epam, Itransition). Programmers salaries are about $ 1500 per month and are constantly growing; being a programmer is very prestigious.
111. It is also prestigious to be a doctor. However, the salary of a qualified doctor rarely exceeds $ 400. There are few private medical clinics in Belarus.
112. Belarusians are really tolerant.
113. In Belarus, Google is just as common as Yandex. Belarus is the only country in the world where the largest percentage of users use Opera as a browser. Social networks - Odnoklassniki, Vkontakte.
114. It is believed that the potato is a kind of symbol of Belarus. In Belarusian potatoes will be "Bulba". Although Belarusians eat it as well as Russians and Ukrainians.
115. In Belarus, it is not customary to discuss politics. This topic is taboo. On this subject also can not joke. With Ukraine and Russia there is a striking contrast. No protests and rallies dissatisfied. Rather, they are, but suppressed in the bud.
116. There is practically no unemployment in Belarus. Everywhere required, required, required. Finding qualified personnel is very difficult. A lot of people are involved in the state apparatus.
117. Many want to go west, many are forced to seek a higher salary in Moscow.
118. In Belarus, as already mentioned, Belarusian rubles circulate. A loaf of bread costs an average of 5,000 rubles. At the same time, more or less significant goods are always converted into dollars. Buy currency is usually not a problem.
119. Belarusians, according to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belarus Surkov, in contrast to the Russians: a. more accustomed to order and not so reckless.

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    123 facts about Belarus through the eyes of Russians

    123 facts about Belarus through the eyes of Russians

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    123 facts about Belarus through the eyes of Russians

    123 facts about Belarus through the eyes of Russians

    123 facts about Belarus through the eyes of Russians

    123 facts about Belarus through the eyes of Russians

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