The ‘land of blue lakes’, Vitebsk region is famous for its history, culture and natural beauty. It borders Lithuania, Latvia and Russia, and is on a major transport crossroads, including the Paris-Moscow and Helsinki-Kiev trans-European road routes. Railways to Riga, St Petersburg and Warsaw all pass through the region, as does the Yamal Europe gas pipeline.
Home to 1.3 million, it is the least dense of all Belarusian Oblasts. Vitebsk is the home to Belarus’ ‘lake district’; Polotsk, one of the oldest towns in Central and Eastern Europe; and a museum dedicated to 20th century modernist painter Marc Chagall, who was born and raised in the city of Vitebsk.
More than half of the region’s economic output is generated in the energy sector, with major enterprises including Lukoml hydroelectric station and Novopolotsk power station. Other industries include food, light, fuel and chemical concerns.
Has 34 member businesses, of which two-thirds enjoy foreign investment including from the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Poland and Russia.