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Some Important Facts About Minsk, Belarus That You Should Know

Minsk, which is part of the Republic of Belarus, is located right in the middle of Europe. The city is Belarus’s capital, and it is the biggest city in the entire Republic. The capital city of Minsk is the site for the region’s, as well as the district’s administrative affairs. Moreover, the city also has a special administrative standing in the Republic of Belarus.

Aside from providing administrative purposes to the region, district and the Republic, Minsk is also the major industrial center of Belarus. In the city of Minsk, there are more than 250 plants and factories that provide jobs to thousands of locals and also contribute much to the economy of not only the city but also to the entire Republic.

Among the main sights often visited by tourists in the city are the Victory Square, St. Helen & St. Simon Catholic Church, Independence Square, Independence Av, Upper town, and Troitskoye Predmestiye (Trinity Suburb) among others.

History

Although no precise documentation was ever recorded for the founding of Minsk, it’s been said that in the ninth Century, Early East Slavs were the first to inhabit what is now the hills of the present-day Capital. In 1067, a fierce battle involving Polatsk soldiers and Kiev took place which then afterward made Minsk recognized as a town after it was restored.

Because Minsk was on the way to becoming a thriving city, it was frequently besieged by many invaders starting with a back and forth annexation between Kiev, Novgorod, and Polatsk. This lasted from 870 until 1242. In the mid 16th century, the Russian Empire, in turn, occupied the capital. This occupation was considered to be the most significant to the growth of Minsk as it had an importance in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth for being the center of Commerce and Culture. Traders in the city exported many products such as wood, wax, glass and many more.

By the 2nd World War, the numerous battles severely damaged the city when the population dropped to a sudden spike. Before the war started, the city had a total population of 300,000. Many structures, livelihoods, and communities were destroyed because of the war and by the time the Soviet army got the city back from the Germans.
More than half of the population was gone with 50,000 Jews executed. Barely a structure was standing. Minsk then was left with 50,000 people.

Since then after the war, the city continued to grow and never haltered its development. The population has since then multiplied and in 2006 recorded to have a 1.7 million population. Businesses were flourishing, many housing projects were constructed to support the growing population, and metro systems were formed for easier transportation. The Minsk is now worthy of being called the Capital of Belarus.

People

Minsk, being the Capital of the Republic of Belarus has a total population of 1.7 million. In the previous census documentation, there were about 480+ families with 3 members per family It also boasts of having the uppermost level of education in the whole of Belarus with people in their mid-teens until the late twenties being the most educated.

There are many famous people residing in Minsk including Andrei Arlovski, a former UFC heavyweight champion and world-renowned MMA fighter. Also Sergey Makarenko, the first Olympic champion in Belarus for sprint canoeing.

Aside from Minsk being well known for being a very clean city, it is also well known for its people. If you are in the city, you’ll never feel like a tourist. Their warm approach and friendliness will reach out to anyone even to tourists. So if you happen to be in the city and you don’t speak their language particularly Russian and Belarusian, they will still help you despite the gap. Hospitability is one of the people in Minsk’s main attribute, so you won’t feel like a tourist when you pay a visit to the Capital of Belarus.

Add the beautiful sights, the sociable people and on top of it all, the stunning good looks of the people particularly the girls, you’ll never want to leave Minsk.

Weather

Minsk has a highly complex climate. It’s very hard to calculate the weather in a certain position at the accurate time. However, average temperatures and weather predictions will help people clasp the idea of what the day will be like. So if you’re a cautious traveler, it would be best to have a heads up of the weather on the day you will be traveling so as not to encounter weather troubles.

Minsk like any other city in Belarus has four seasons (summer, autumn, winter, and spring). Its climate is fairly continental. Average rainfalls are estimated at 646 mm or 24.5 in. Due to having more humid than dry days in a year, recurrent fogs appear, especially in the autumn and spring season. While at the peak of summer, it can get hot. The hottest months of the year would be from June to August with an average high of 21.8°C. The hottest temperature recorded was 35°C which was on the 29th of July, 1936. Contradictory to hot summers, winters are also extremely cold. The average temperature starting from December until February range from around -4.3 to -5.4°C and the record low was -40°C on the 17th of January, 1940.

But if you weigh it that way, the Minsk weather is just right for different kinds of travelers. Whether you come from a hot country, you can feel most comfortable visiting in the summer season. Or whether you’re used to living in cold temperatures, then the winter is just right for you to enjoy the cold season. Either way, you can enjoy Minsk any time of the year depending on your preference for perfect weather.

Expatriate

It is not easy to live as an expatriate. If you are planning to be an ex-pat of Minsk, then better prepare for this new and exciting adventure.

As an expatriate, it is important to consider having a place to stay in the city. Whether you are intending to buy or rent a property, real estate in Minsk will give you an idea of the best properties in the city.

Living in Minsk will also require you to do thorough research about this capital of Belarus. Thus, things like the cost of living should be taken with serious consideration before finally deciding to be an ex-pat. Moving to Minsk will, therefore, ask you to really get to know the city first, including its culture, history, and most importantly, the people’s way of living.

Being a Minks expatriate also entails you to find a job in the city. Although there are several jobs in Minsk that you can apply for, finding one that really suits your skills, qualifications, and of course, financial requirements, would require a lot of patience and perseverance.

Studying in Minsk gives international students with opportunities to learn the city’s culture and experience them yourself. But with this, learning the city’s language is sure a must.

Sandy

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