Minsk city is the capital of Belarus. It is the political, economic, scientific and cultural centre of the country and the administrative centre of the Minsk region.
Minsk is the most economically developed city in Belarus. There are 1.974,8 million inhabitants in Minsk, and the population is constantly growing.
Minsk is located on the main transportation routes connecting Western Europe and the East, regions of the Black Sea coast and the Baltic States.
Highways connect Minsk with the largest cities in Belarus: Orsha, Vitebsk, Molodechno, Brest, Slutsk, Mogilev and Gomel.
Minsk has a large railway network which connects Brest, Moscow, Vilnius and Gomel. There is a national airport in the capital.
Minsk is a large industrial centre. The city produces 16% of the total volume of industrial output.
Industry within the city is diverse in nature. The main branches are:
There is a free economic zone in Minsk.
Minsk is a large educational centre within Belarus. The main educational institutions of the country, including lyceums, high schools and colleges, are concentrated in Minsk. The key institutions include:
The capital has an extensive network of cultural establishments with 13 museums and 10 theatres, including:
Minsk has about 3,600 sports centres including stadiums and athletic fields, pools, sport centres and exercise rooms, tennis courts and a ski line.
The largest sports centres in Minsk are:
There are numerous interesting historical places and architectural monuments, including: