Belarus through the eyes of the British

Belarus through the eyes of the British

Drinks, bison and harsh grandmothers, or 25 facts about Belarus through the eyes of the British.

1. They like to drink

Belarus through the eyes of the British

Belarus is a country where they drink the most in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the average Belarusian citizen consumes about 17.5 liters of alcohol annually. This is 179 bottles of wine per year or about five glasses of vodka per day.

2. Smoking

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Doctors in Belarus must have a lot of work. Not only is the country ranked first in the world in terms of the amount of alcohol consumed, it is also the place where people smoke most (according to WHO). Waiting for specifics? Every year, the average adult citizen of Belarus smokes 3,830 cigarettes (for comparison: the average adult British citizen smokes 827 cigarettes per year).

These bad habits affect the average life expectancy of the population in Belarus, which is almost the lowest in Europe: 72 years. The country is in fifth place after Russia (69 years), Moldova, Armenia and Ukraine (71 years).

3. There are four World Heritage sites in Belarus that you could hardly hear about.

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They include castles in Mira and Nesvizh, which date from the 16th century.

four.The modern history of Belarus is striking in its cruelty

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About 40 percent of the inhabitants of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Belarus (the figure varies between two and three million) died during the Second World War. The Nazis terrorized the country from 1941 to 1944. During this period, they destroyed 209 of its 290 cities. All Jews living on the territory of the Republic were exterminated. The population of the country returned to the pre-war level only in 1971. And in 1986, a new tragedy struck him - the Chernobyl disaster.

5. Belarus is called the “last dictatorship” of Europe

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Experienced travelers describe Belarus, which since 1994 has been ruled by the unshakable Alexander Lukashenko with the stereotypical villain's mustache, as a country where the old atmosphere of the USSR still reigns. Here, even the punishment for the crimes of the death penalty.

“What was my first impression of Minsk [capital]? This is a city that was built by Stalin, - writes Sankha Guha. - During World War II, Minsk was completely destroyed. In its place, the Soviet authorities decided to create a model of resilience and invincibility.Uncle Joe and his builders did not care about the subtleties. Despots like Kim Jong-un can only envy such a pompous pomp. Eight-lane boulevards, ceremonial squares, neoclassical palaces - all this was built in order to emphasize the power of state power.

Walking along the Independence Avenue, I stumbled upon a bust of the Belarusian-born Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the notorious Cheka (predecessor of the KGB). It is located in a small park across the road from the majestic KGB headquarters building. The Russians have abandoned this name, but they still use it in Belarus. ”

6. Belarus is a country where harsh grandmothers live

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“If you want to remember what it is like to be a guilty little child, commit a petty offense in Minsk,” Mark Row wrote in 2008 after visiting the capital of Belarus. - At the entrance to the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, I forgot to take off my coat. After a moment, I felt someone put his heavy hand on my shoulder. It was not the policeman, but the grandmother of the old Soviet school. “You need to take off your coat in the room,” she said, casting a glare at me.“But I'm cold,” I replied in broken Russian. “Look at these children,” she mumbled, pointing her finger at schoolchildren hanging around in long-sleeved shirts. As a result, my coat was in the dressing room. If I refused to do this, he would be hanged on a hanger with me. ”

7. Here you can see bison

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In 2011, Sarah Evans wrote: “Once upon a time, bison, the largest land mammals on the continent, roamed throughout Europe. But by the beginning of the fifteenth century, they had almost all become extinct. In the royal hunting grounds there are only a few hundred representatives of this species, who were fed and carefully protected. ” About 800 bison now live in Belovezhskaya Pushcha (a national park in the south-west of Belarus).

8. The capital of Belarus is considered the least suitable city for living.

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Minsk ranks 190th in the quality of life rating in the cities of the world Mercer, which takes into account such factors as political stability, crime rate, exchange rate, availability of recreational facilities, housing quality and climatic conditions. In the list of Minsk is between Beirut and Islamabad.

9. The relief of Belarus is characterized by the predominance of flat areas.

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Like its neighbors, Latvia and Lithuania, Belarus is not intended for mountaineering.Its highest point is Mount Dzerzhinsk (try to pronounce this word without breaking the tongue) - only 345 meters above sea level.

10. They invented viber

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Estonians invented Skype. Its competitor, Viber, was developed by a group of Belarusians and Israelis in 2010.

11. The National Library of Belarus looks like a shot from the movie “Star Wars”

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It holds eight million copies of books. Sankha Guha writes: “A 70-meter-high building during the daytime is hard not to notice, and in the evening it could easily merge with the darkness of the night. To prevent this, the designers installed LED displays on each face of the “diamond”. After dark, the building turns into the most fabulous disco ball in Europe. ”

12. In each city there is Lenin Street

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On Lenin Street, 27 in Minsk there is a shopping center, which was built in the Soviet style the year before last.

13. She gave us Spartacus

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Kirk Douglas, who turned 100 in December, is the son of Jewish immigrants from the Belarusian city of Chausy. In the pedigree of Scarlett Johansson and Harrison Ford, there are also people from Belarus.

14. And Marc Chagall

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The artist was born in the Belarusian urban village Liozno.Among other well-known Belarusians, Olga Korbut, Victoria Azarenka, Vasily Kiriyenko and Luis Barth Mayer are worth noting.

15. Belarus - Lake District

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On the territory of Belarus there are 11 thousand lakes and three large rivers - the Neman, Pripyat and Dnieper.

16. Belarus is landlocked

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There is a lot of water here, but not salty. Belarus is one of 45 countries in the world that are landlocked.

17. It is cold and hot

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In winter, the air temperature in Minsk drops to 25 ° C below zero, and in summer it can reach + 35 ° C.

18. Little known cities

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Everyone heard about the capital, Minsk, but very few people know about such most densely populated cities of Belarus as Gomel (sister of Aberdeen), Mogilyov (St. Nicholas Monastery, a contender for becoming a World Heritage Site of UNSEC), Vitebsk the annual international art festival "Slavic Bazaar") and Grodno.

19. They love potatoes

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National dish of Belarus - pancakes (potato pancakes).

20. They love hockey

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As well as football.

21. Belarus presented the world with five Nobel Prize winners.

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This is Svetlana Alexievich (Literature, 2015); Zhores Alferov (Physics, 2000); Shimon Peres (Mir, 1994); Menachem Begin (Mir, 1978) and Simon Kuznets (Economics, 1971).

22. And "World of Tanks"

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The popular online game was developed by the Belarusian-Cypriot company "Wargaming".

23. Belarus has many forests

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About 43 percent of the territory of Belarus is covered with forests, and the Botanical Garden in Minsk, covering an area of ​​100 hectares, is one of the largest in the world.

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