Private guides and guided tours in Belarus
Private guides in Belarus
Belarus is a unique country; it is in the middle of Europe. Unknown for foreigners, Belarus is a country of heroic past. Itís a land of rivers and lakes (these are more than 20 thousands). There are a lot of places of wild nature and rare animals and birds (like bison) there.
I live in the vicinity of Minsk with the family in a spacious house (18km from the Minsk city). II have worked at the first open air museum Dudutki since 2010 where the traditional Belarusian handicrafts (blacksmith, strawmarketry, ceramics etc.) are exhibited and there is a very pleasant atmosphere for the tourists. I am interested in history and history of religion.
A Local Licensed Guide with a vehicle. A graduate of the Minsk-based Courses for Guides-Interpreters, I have just passed a certification procedure by the National Tourism Agency of Belarus to become an independent licensed guide (May'2011).
Currency: Belarusian ruble (BYB/BYR)
CAPITAL CITY OF Belarus: Minsk
LANGUAGE OF Belarus: Russian
CURRENCY OF Belarus: Belarusian ruble (BYB/BYR)
COMMENTS ABOUT Belarus:
Belarus is in Eastern Europe. It has borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia
Cities : Minsk (capital), Brest, Homel, Hrodno, Nesvizh, Sharkovshchina, Vitsyebsk
Electricity : 220V/50Hz (European plug)
Calling Code +375
Time Zone UTC +2
After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place.
CLIMATE OF Belarus: cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime
RELIGION OF Belarus: Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.)
POPULATION OF Belarus: 10,310,520 (July 2004 est.)>
ECONOMY OVERVIEW OF Belarus: Belarus' economy in 2003 posted 6.1 percent growth and is likely to continue expanding through 2004, albeit at a slower growth rate. The Belarusian economy in 2004 is likely to be hampered by high inflation, persistent trade deficits, and ongoing rocky relations with Russia, Belarus' largest trading partner and energy supplier. Belarus has seen little structural reform since 1995, when President LUKASHENKO launched the country on the path of "market socialism." In keeping with this policy, LUKASHENKO reimposed administrative controls over prices and currency exchange rates and expanded the state's right to intervene in the management of private enterprises. In addition, businesses have been subject to pressure on the part of central and local governments, e.g., arbitrary changes in regulations, numerous rigorous inspections, retroactive application of new business regulations, and arrests of "disruptive" businessmen and factory owners. A wide range of redistributive policies has helped those at the bottom of the ladder. For the time being, Belarus remains self-isolated from the West and its open-market economies.