Minsk is the capital and largest city in Belarus, situated on the Svislach and Niamiha rivers. As the national capital, Minsk has a special administrative status in Belarus and is also the administrative centre of Minsk Region and Minsk raion (district). It has a population of 1,836,808 inhabitants (2009).
Minsk is located in the area of mixed forests typical for most of Belarus. Pinewood and mixed forests are still present at the edge of the city, especially in the north and east. Some of the forests were transformed into parks as the city grew.
Minsk is the major industrial centre of Belarus. The city has over 250 factories and plants.
Minsk is the major cultural centre of Belarus. Its first theatres and libraries were established in the middle of the 19th century. Now it has 11 theatres and 16 museums. There are 20 cinemas and 139 libraries.
- OlgasunnyFebruary 2011