AskBiography Logo   Latest News  Follow Us on Twitter  Follow Us on Google Buzz  Became Fan - Facebook  Subscribe to RSSRSS   Bookmark and Share


Full nameMinsk
Official nameMinsk
Native nameМінск, Минск
MayorMikalai Ladutska (acting) (2009 )
Total Area118.8 sq mi (307.895411 km2)
Elevation919.9 ft (280.4 m)
Total Population1836808 (2009)
Density (pop.)5966/km2 (15451.9/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)2101018
Other information
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
- Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Area code+375 17
+375 29 (mobile Velcom, MTS or Diallog)
+375 25 (mobile Life)
+375 33 (mobile MTS)
+375 44 (mobile Velcom)
License plate7

     Home | City | Minsk

Minsk ( , -bemʲinskpron; , -rumʲinsk) is the capital and largest city in Belarus, situated on the Svislach and Nemiga rivers. Minsk is also a headquarters of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). As the national capital, Minsk has a special administrative status in Belarus and is also the administrative centre of Minsk Region (voblast) and Minsk raion (district). It has a population of 1,836,808 inhabitants (2009).

The earliest references to Minsk date to the 11th century (1067), when it was a provincial city within the principality of Polotsk. In 1242, Minsk became a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and it received its town privileges in 1499. From 1569, it was a capital of the Minsk Voivodship in the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth. It was annexed by Russia in 1793, as a consequence of the Second Partition of Poland. From 1919 1991, Minsk was the capital of the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.

Warning: simplexml_load_file( [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "" in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Fatal error: Call to a member function children() on a non-object in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 260