Is Belarus a part of Russia?
Belarus is located in the east of Europe. The neighboring countries are Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. The country does not have access to the sea, so it is a landlocked country. The country is 650 kilometers wide at its largest extent from west to east, while from north to south it measures a maximum of 560 kilometers.
Belarus can be translated as “white Rus” and that’s how the German name Belarus came about. However, in the Middle Ages, bely meant not white, but western. So actually “Western Rus” would be right. Slavic dominions such as Kievan Rus, from which Russia emerged, were referred to as Rus.
Belarus is a very flat country. This can already be seen from the fact that the highest mountain is only 345 meters high. His name is Dzyarshynskaya Hara. This means Dzerzhinsky Mountain. Felix Dzerzhinsky was a Soviet revolutionary, after whom not only the mountain, but also a nearby city was named.
In any case, the Dzerzhinsky Mountain belongs to the Belorussian ridge. This is a chain of hills that runs through the middle of the country. It, in turn, is located on the East European Plain. This is the name of the landscape to the west of the Urals, which occupies the whole of Eastern Europe. In the slideshow below you will find a map of her.
Many rivers flow through the flat land, the longest of which is the Dnieper. But Berezina, Pripyat, Sosh and Memel also measure between 460 and 610 kilometers each. Due to the rivers and the many lakes, the country is rich in water. The largest lake bears the name of Narach and is located in the north-west on the border with Lithuania. Swamps and bogs are therefore also typical for the landscape. About 40 percent of Belarus is covered by forest.
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