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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Belarus


Belarusian Geography - Birch trees
Birch trees

Belarus is located in the northern half of Eastern Europe and borders Poland (west), Ukraine (south), Russia (east), Latvia (northwest), and Lithuania (northwest).

Geographically, Belarus is very low-lying; this makes some areas ideal for life, while others are too low, making flooding and swamps common, particularly in the south. Outside these swampy areas the country is fairly uniform in regards to geography as the population is evenly distributed outside the larger cities.


Belarus generally has four distinct seasons, with a slightly longer winter. Winters tend to run from about December to March, but if you're from a warmer climate it may feel like winter during their spring and fall (autumn) as well. Winter temperatures tend to remain below freezing with daily highs in the range of 21-32°F (-6°C to 0°C). In the fall (autumn) temperatures can drop quickly and unpredictably from year to year; likewise, springs can be unpredictable.

True summer can be fairly short, but also surprisingly hot with the hottest days easily reaching 80-90°F (25-30°C), but only averaging about 65-70°F (18-20°C). Summers (about June-August) tend to be sunny and dry.


Belarusian Geography - River

Belarus boasts a fair number of mammals, including elk, deer, boar, and bison along with many smaller mammalian species. The slow moving rivers that crawl along the flat country's floor are filled with various species of fish, but Belarus has no coastline, so the sea life is limited to these rivers, lakes, and bogs.

Many birds pass through Belarus on their migratory paths; plus some find the land a more permanent home, such as grouse, partridge, and duck.

This page was last updated: March, 2013