Belarus is an ancient Slavonic country situated in the centre of Europe. The territory of the Republic of Belarus covers 207,600 km², stretching 650 km from west to east and 560 km from north to south
The country is populated by approximately 10 million people.
The longest rivers are the Dnieper, the Western Dvina, the Nieman, the Bug and the Prypyat. The biggest lake is Naroch. Belarus possesses such valuable natural complexes as the national parks Belavezhskaya Forest Nature Reserve and Braslav Lakes, Nalibokskaya Forest Nature Reserve, Berezina reserve, the lakes Naroch, Svityaz and others.
Belarus declared its independence on 25 August 1991. According to the Constitution, adopted in March 1994, the Republic of Belarus is a unitary democratic social state based on the rule of law, which exercises supreme control and absolute authority over its entire territory, and pursues an independent internal and foreign policy.
The opening of the Belarusian State University in 1921 became an important step in the development of Belarusian science. In 1929 the Academy of Sciences of Belarus was founded.
Belarus possesses a rich folklore and a legacy of literature, art and architecture. The Belarusian government sponsors various cultural festivals like the Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk. Victory Day and Independence Day draw big crowds and often include displays such as fireworks and military parades.
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Belarus has trade agreements with several European Union member states as well as with its neighbours Lithuania, Poland, Latvia and Russia. Belarus has recently increased its cooperation with China, India, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of South Africa and Syria.