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Belarus Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Belarus?
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Last updated: May 24, 2020
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Capital city
Minsk
Official languages
Belarusian
Russian
Currency
Ruble
Country from which Belarus gained its independence in 1990
Soviet Union
Outdated name for Belarus
White Russia
25.3% of the population of Belarus was killed during this conflict, the worst of any country
WWII
First and only President of Belarus, 1994–present
Alexander
Lukashenko
Because of its relative lack of freedoms, Belarus is sometimes called ...
The Last
Dictatorship
in Europe
Name one of the three major rivers flowing through Belarus
Neman | Pripyat |
Dnieper
About 20% of Belarus's farmland was contaminated by this 1986 disaster
Chernobyl
Country which lies on Belarus's southern border
Ukraine
Branch of Christianity practiced by 48.3% of the population
Eastern Orthodoxy
Belarus is the only country in Europe which has not abolished (or placed a moratorium)
on this controversial practice
Capital Punishment
Second-most popular sport after football
Ice Hockey
Alphabet used in Belarus
Cyrillic
The national animal of Belarus is the wisent, also known as the ...
European Bison
50 Comments
+1
Level 78
May 24, 2020
For those interested, here is a Belarus map Quiz
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Level 64
May 24, 2020
Please accept "Lukashenka".
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Level 56
Sep 2, 2020
I second this
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Level 69
Oct 5, 2020
I third this
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Level 70
Oct 5, 2020
Yes. Alyaksandr Lukashenka is the Belarusian transliteration compared to the Russian 'Alexander Lukashenko'. There's no reason not to accept it.
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Level 62
Jan 31, 2022
no,it is never spelt that way, you are deliberately spelling it incorrectly
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Level 56
Jun 15, 2022
Bruh
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Level 25
Mar 24, 2023
Lukashenka = correct pronunciation (im rus)
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Level 56
Feb 21, 2024
Yes, the official (belarussian) transliteration should definitely be accepted. Both are valid, but not accepting that one (but instead just the russian one) is weird.
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Level 64
May 24, 2020
According to some data 1/3 of Belarusian population was killed during WWII.
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Level 67
Oct 5, 2020
I have ancestors from Minsk. Came to the US just before WWI.
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Level 73
May 25, 2020
is it possible to accept dictature ? many thanks in advance.
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Level 62
Jan 31, 2022
?
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Level 71
May 25, 2020
And then there is USA which also still has death penalty.. Can't imagine living in a country where the State kills it's own citizens.
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Level 73
May 28, 2020
The death penalty is illegal in at least 20 of the US states.
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Level 83
Sep 1, 2020
The other states kill more than enough people for that not to really matter.
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Level 82
Oct 22, 2020
brandy: not that many, really. The really shameful thing about the American justice system is the number of people who are presently incarcerated.
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Level 79
Aug 3, 2020
The State 'kills it's [sic] own citizens' as you call it, is in my opinion completely justified under certain egregious circumstances (such as intentional homicide) and can act as a deterrent for further perpetrations. For instance democracies that currently use capital punishment include Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, which have among the world's lowest crime rates.
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Level 67
Oct 5, 2020
This reasoning is deeply flawed. First, countless studies have shown the deterrence claim with regard to the US is a myth. Second, each of those countries has much less poverty than the US does, and their cultures are much less individualistic than the US's: people in those countries are imbued from a young age with a sense of strong commitment to social order (some might call it a learned shame, but regardless). That deters crime. Even nonviolent crime, for which the death penalty is not a factor in those countries, is much lower in these countries than in most places. There are many reasons for the low crime rates in those countries. Crediting it to the death penalty is facile. Finally, it's folly in the first place to point to the use of the death penalty in other places as justification for its use here. It's either immoral or it isn't. The fact that three other democracies are also wrong doesn't excuse the supposed greatest country on earth for its failure on this issue.
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Level 62
Aug 24, 2020
If I ruled, I would publicly make an example of those who commit crimes against my people. It’s not “nice”, rather a necessary evil.
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Level 67
Oct 5, 2020
There is no such thing as a necessary evil. That's the kind of reasoning states use to excuse their failures to find better solutions to problems.
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Level 82
Oct 22, 2020
jmellor: come on. We've argued about capital punishment on other quizzes I think so I won't rehash that, but, there's no such thing as necessary evil? So... invading Germany to stop the Holocaust and end WW2, that wasn't necessary? Or you believe that massive loss of life caused by this action was somehow less evil than executing irredeemable rapists and murderers? What about the killing of Osama bin Laden? Or testing life-saving therapies on chimps and lab rats? I don't believe that you actually believe this.
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Level 62
Jan 31, 2022
Nuking Japan was also necessary.If we did not nuke Japan, there is a chance World War 2 would still be being fought today (More like the Japanese-American War or War in the Pacific.)
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Level 54
Jun 19, 2024
Japan was already on the brink of collapse, having lost the battle of Okinawa, the final major battle of WW2 in our timeline, in May of 1945. Japan was devastated by firebombing, and the USA just wanted to put a swift end to the war. A war in the Pacific Theatre after 1945 is highly unrealistic, and without any troops, the Japanese army would easily be defeated by the Allies. Either way, Japan would lose the war, but the atomic bombs were used for a lower death toll for the USA, to finish the war, and to show the USA's superiority.
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Level 46
May 28, 2020
dang, i know Belarus a lot more than i thought i did!
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Level 62
Jan 31, 2022
Same here.
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Level 69
May 31, 2020
I was totally looking in the wrong direction for the Chernobyl question... I thought some mold (mould) that affected the potatoes or something.. like potato blight.
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Level 59
Jul 2, 2020
Ah, yes, Lukashenko. Promised to get rid of corrupted politicians and pave the way to a democracy! Now refusing to leave his throne and throwing everyone in jail who dares to oppose him, classic.
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Level 62
Jan 31, 2022
Promised to get rid of corrupted politicians.He might as well resign or just get rid of himself!
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Level 71
Jul 16, 2020
Some may think this ridiculous, but why doesn't the clue to #6 use the word "war" instead of conflict. It was much more than a simple conflict. An estimated 75+ million people died.
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Level 88
Jul 22, 2020
Perhaps because "war" is part of the answer?
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Level 90
Oct 5, 2020
What is that good for?
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Level 68
Jan 17, 2021
Absolutely nothing
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Level 20
Aug 12, 2020
odds of having "death penalty" accepted for capital punishment?
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Level 80
Sep 25, 2020
Can you accept death sentence for the capital punishment question? I would have gotten it if death sentence was accepted.
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Level 79
Oct 14, 2020
yeah same
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Level 67
Oct 5, 2020
Looks like Lukashenko's days might finally be numbered. Here's to hoping. Keep fighting, Belarus.
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Level 70
Oct 5, 2020
Hopefully we'll soon have a president called Madam Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
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Level 62
Jan 31, 2022
Didn't she win the election but corruption got the best of Belarus and Lukashenko claimed he won with 80% of the votes.She opposed and ran to Lithuania to avoid jail time or possible execution,correct?
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Level 59
Aug 26, 2022
yeah
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Level 68
Oct 5, 2020
I am not sure about White Russia being the "outdated" name of Belarus. Literal translation of word Belarus is white Russia, so maybe you should form the question differently?
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Level 58
Oct 5, 2020
In English White Russia was it's old nickname that many now find outdated
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Level 78
Oct 5, 2020
Naming conventions don't necessarily rely on translations. Some countries still translate Беларусь (it was called "Weißrussland" in Germany until very recently) but in English that form is apparently outdated = largely out of use.
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Level 47
Jan 28, 2021
Yeah right... I was reading it as "Outdated name for White Russia?" Answer: "White Russia" WTH? :D
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Level 39
Oct 5, 2020
Can you accept rubla
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Level 46
Oct 5, 2020
Wooo! First one where I knew every single question! It was about time!
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Level 63
Feb 25, 2021
Huh. Didn’t know about the capital punishment, but after looking it up I found out it’s basically just the death penalty.
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Level 59
Mar 15, 2021
Too easy
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Level 25
May 20, 2021
I Had To Make A Belarus Quiz For My School Work I Hope You Don't Mind
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Level 71
Feb 6, 2024
16/17, I forgot the name of the president…