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Culture & Identity of Belarus

Introduction

Belarus is a heavily industrialized and urbanized country and the way of life is heavily centered on these two things. Partially due to Soviet rule, the people today generally live in cities as 75% of the population is urbanized.

Nearly half of Belarus's population works in heavy industry with nearly the other half working in services jobs; only about 10% of the people work in agriculture. Most of these jobs are in the cities, where the work day begins with public transportation to work, which generally begins at about 9:00 am and ends at about 6:00 pm. The GDP per capita in Belarus is about $16,000, but there are great differences on what individual jobs pay.

The Soviets also encouraged education and even today the Belarusians place significant importance on education. During the school year, which runs from about September to July, students head to school at about the same time many parents go to work, but school usually ends a bit earlier; again public transportation is the more common form of getting to and from school.

Evenings and weekends (Saturday-Sunday) in Belarus vary. Many young singles will head out for a drink after work with co-workers and on the weekends going to a disco (dance club), or other social event is common. For families the lifestyle varies as most meals are eaten at home with family and tend to be occupied with homework for children during the school year.

Identity

Today the Belarusians identify as being "Belarusian," but few people know what exactly that means as their history has meddled with their identity quite drastically. Having been primarily a rural people under foreign rule, the Belarusians have, more often than not, been dominated by outside influence while unique traits were condemned or demolished. Since the fall of the Soviet Union the people have been trying to define their identity and, while there's no consensus, it seems most people see being Belarusian as also being Christian Orthodox and ethnic Belarusian. However, language is not included in defining this identity as many Belarusians prefer the Russian language over Belarusian.

This page was last updated: November, 2013