The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the North and East, Ukraine to the South, Poland to the West and Lithuania and Latvia to the North and West. This former Soviet Republic is now a unitary, democratic, social state based on the rule of law.
Agriculture and industrial production are the strongest sectors of the economy, but Belarus is also known for its engineering, forestry, chemical, construction and mining industries. Forests cover one-third of the country’s territory and the lumber industry is of primary economic importance. With only small reserves of petroleum and natural gas of its own, Belarus imports most of its oil and gas. Its main exports are machinery and consumer goods.
Religion here is predominantly split between two Christian denominations: Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholicism. However, other religions, including Protestantism, Islam and Judaism, are also well represented in the country.