Belarusian Background Stats

Border with Ukraine:

975.2 km (606.0 mi) including 325.9 km (202.5 mi) by rivers


  • Countries named after legendary figures: Countries named after legendary figures and deities.
  • Independence day date: Date.
  • Land border length: The length of each country's land border. Islands are listed as having a 0.0 km.
  • Length of border with Russia: Length in kilometers of each country's border with Russia. China, which has a border with Russia of 3,645 km, is not included. Russia has international borders with 16 countries, and a total land border of 20,241 kilometres (12,577 mi), making it the second-longest one of any country in the world.
  • Named after legend: The legendary figure after which each country was named.
  • National anthems: National anthem.
  • National identity card: Description.
  • Neighboring countries and territories: The countries and territories neighboring each country. "L" means they share only a land border and "M" means they have only maritime boundaries. A blank means they share both.
  • Number of maritime boundary neighbours: Number of states and territories with which each country shares a maritime border. Two countries separated from each other by a body of water have a maritime border with each other.
  • Overview: A geopolitical overview of every sovereign country in the world, briefly examining their recent history and place on the global stage. The texts are taken from the BBC News website.
Countries named after legendary figures Rus (legendary figure) 2014
Independence day date July 3 1944
Land border length 2,900 km 2014 61st out of 200
Length of border with Russia 959 km 2014 5th out of 15
Named after legend Rus (legendary figure) 2014
National anthems My Belarusy ( We, the Belarusians ) 2011
National identity card The Belarusian passport is compulsory at 16. Reissued at 25, 45 and 100. It is international, not an internal passport , and can be used to travel to other countries. Could be issued before 16 for travelling purposes. 2004
Neighboring countries and territories Latvia (L) Lithuania (L) Poland (L) Russia (L) Ukraine (L) 2014
Number of maritime boundary neighbours 0.0 2014 135th out of 171

The present borders of Belarus were established during the turmoil of World War II.

The former Soviet republic was occupied by the Nazis between 1941 and 1944, when it lost 2.2 million people, including almost all of its large Jewish population.

The largest remaining minority is a Polish population of about 400,000 in the west, which is also the stronghold of the beleagured Belarussian language.

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