Sunday, April 25, 2010

Belarus, Minsk Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Belarus.

Location: Belarus is in Eastern Europe, east of Poland.

Country Climate: Cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime.

Country Terrain: Generally flat and contains much marshland.

Major Languages: Russian, Belarussian (both official).

Major Religions: Christianity.

Country Population: 9.7 million (2008 est.) 9.6 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: 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 byproducts, including meat. As of 1994, the biggest exports from Belarus were heavy machinery (especially tractors), agricultural products, and energy products.

Currency: Belarusian Ruble (BYR).

Country Inflation: 14.8% (2008 est.) 13.0% (2009 est.).

City: Minsk is the capital and largest city in Belarus.

City Economy: Minsk is the economic capital of Belarus. It has developed industrial and services sectors.

Cost of Living: Minsk has an overall cost of living index which equates it with low cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Minsk is currently ranked 214 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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