Belarus

Belarus is located in east-central Europe. The country shares borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. The extensive forests located in Belarus mean it has great potential as an ecotourist location.

Quick Facts

Population: 9.6 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Belarusian (83.7%), Russian (8.3%), Polish (3.1%), Ukrainian (1.7%), other (3.2%)
Languages: Belarusian (official) (23.4%), Russian (official) (70.2%), other (6.4%) 
Religions: Eastern Orthodox (80%), other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) (20%) 

 

 

 

 

 

Much of the political leadership continues holding on to the Communist Past, so market reform and privatization are moving very slowly. Although religious freedom is guaranteed in the constitution, there is very little of it in practice. A law passed in 2002 makes registration of religious congregations mandatory. Registration is a long and expensive process - and on occasion it is impossible. The Belarus Orthodox Church has a privileged status, and religious minorities (especially Protestants and Jews) suffer from discrimination.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Belarusian Canadian Alliance
524 St. Clarens Аvenue
Toronto, ON
M6H 3W7
Phone: 416-530-1025

Settlement.Org

Churches in the GTA

Belarusian Greek Orthodox Church of St. Ephrasinia
1008 Dovercourt Road
Toronto, ON
M6H 2X8
Phone: 416-536-4449


 

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