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Belarus, Minsk
Overview

Belarus, MinskMinsk is the capital and largest city in Belarus. Minsk is the economic capital of Belarus. It has developed industrial and services sectors.

Belarus is in Eastern Europe, east of Poland. The climate is cold in winter, with cool moist summers.

The official languages are Belarusian and Russian. Polish, Ukrainian and Hebrew are also spoken by the local communities. Some younger, educated Belarusians are likely to speak some English. The main religion is Christianity.

The Belarusian economy remains largely state-controlled. Thus approximately half of Belarusians are employed by state-controlled companies. The country relies on imports such as oil from Russia. Important agricultural products include potatoes and cattle by-products, including meat. As of 1994, the biggest exports from Belarus were heavy machinery (especially tractors), agricultural products, and energy products.

Belarusians are generally serious, conservative, and intolerant of alternative lifestyles. Non-Caucasian visitors may encounter racist attitudes. Business meetings are usually formal and both men and women should wear conservative business suits when conducting business. It may be expected for expatriates to drink a toast to friendship or the success of a business venture.

The security risk for expatriates in Belarus is low. Risks are mainly petty crime.

The currency of Belarus is the Belarusian Ruble (BYR). US dollars and Euros are accepted. It is not possible to exchange BYR into other currencies outside Belarus. ATMs are available in major cities. Credit cards are not widely accepted.

Medical facilities are generally below international standards.

The population of Minsk is 1.9 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 6% (July 2017).


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Minsk as at 1 July 2017 is high in comparison to other places in the world.

In Minsk, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports):
1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High
2) Clothing: Very High
3) Communication: Very Low
4) Education: Low
5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High
6) Groceries: Very Low
7) Healthcare: Low
8) Household Accommodation: Very High
9) Miscellaneous: Average
10) Personal Care: Low
11) Recreation & Culture: Low
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low
13) Transport: Very Low

Minsk is for example -9.1% cheaper than Houston TX for groceries, 97.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -18.8% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai.

Minsk is ranked as a high degree of hardship location.

The hardship premium for Minsk for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Minsk) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%.

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