Flag of Belarus

Flag of Belarus

The Belarusian flag consists of two horizontal stripes - wider red one at the top and narrower green one at the bottom. Moreover, the left edge of the flag is fringed by traditional Belarusian red and white pattern. This ornament is used to decorate folk costumes, and it should indicate the age of Belarusian nation and its manual dexterity and skills. The flag was adopted in 1995 after a referendum and it replaced the flag that Belarus used before annexing to the Soviet Union and after gaining the independence in 1991. However, some interest groups are still using the original flag to express the disagreement with the government and they deem the referendum of 1995 invalid since it allegedly failed to meet democratic principles.

Country information

Sovereign State Yes
Country codes BY, BLR (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Republic of Belarus
Capital city Minsk
Continent Europe
Member of United Nations, Collective Security Treaty Organization, Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Economic Union
Population 9 413 446 (2019)
Total area 207 600 km2
Highest point Dzyarzhynskaya Hara (346 m, 1 135 ft)
Lowest point Neman (90 m, 295 ft)
GDP per capita $ 6 290 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency Belarusian ruble (Br, BYN)
Calling code +375
Internet TLD .by

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