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Minsk city

The Svisloch River and the Trinity Suburb, Minsk
The Svisloch River and the Trinity Suburb, Minsk

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 1.992,9 million inhabitants in Minsk (on 1 January 2024), and the population is constantly growing.

Transportation network in Minsk

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.

The city has a very good public transportation system. You can easily reach any place by bus, trolleybus or tram. Minsk, like most big European cities, has a fine metro system

Industry in Minsk

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:

  • food production
  • light industry
  • motor industry
  • tractor manufacturing
  • machine-tool construction
  • metal working
  • instrument making
  • radio engineering and electronic equipment manufacturing

There is a free economic zone in Minsk.

Education 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:

  • Academy of Management of the President of the Republic of Belarus
  • Belarus State University
  • Belarus State Medical University
  • Belarus State Economic University
  • Belarusian National Technical University
  • Belarusian State Technological University
  • Belarusian State Academy of Arts

Culture and sport in Minsk

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:

Attractions in Minsk

There are numerous interesting historical places and architectural monuments, including:

Great Patriotic War monuments in Belarus