Belarus is a sovereign state with an advanced economy, rich history and unique nature. According to the most recent UN report, Belarus is ranked 68th among 170 nations in terms of the human development index, ahead of all CIS countries.
The Republic of Belarus (Belarus) is located in the center of Europe. It is the 13th largest state in Europe and 6th in the CIS (after Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan).
Belarus is 1.2 times bigger than Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia taken together; slightly smaller than Great Britain and Romania; more than 2.2 times bigger than Portugal and Hungary and approximately 5 times bigger than the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Belarus is a crossing point of major trans-European railway and road routes, oil and gas pipelines, water and air routes between the economically developed Western Europe and the commodity-rich Asia. Belarusians are friendly and hospitable people. Guests are always welcome here.
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Belarusian athlets Kirill Shimko and Pavel Soroka are Belarus's record setters in extreme power lifting. On 13 July 2007 in Minsk International Airport they pulled an IL-76 cargo aircraft weighing roughly 150 tonnes for around three meters. In May 2008 they pulled a WWII T-34 tank for more than five meters.
Vitaly Sitnikov, a strong man from Mogilev, set a new world record in extreme power lifting on 28 March 2009. He lifted 40kg kettlebell 862 times never putting it on the ground. It took him three hours. The athlete is a holder of 13 world records in extreme power lifting. This is one of the highest results among the reigning world champions in this sport.
Kirill Shimko and Pavel Soroka pulling a WWII T-34 tank in May 2008