Flag of Belarus

Belarus Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesBY, BLR, 112
Official NameRepublic of Belarus
Government TypePresidential republic
CurrencyBelarusian ruble (BYN)
Calling Code+375
Member OfUnited Nations, Commonwealth of Independent States
PopulationApprox. 9.4 million (as of 2023)
Total Area207,600 square kilometers
Highest PointDzyarzhynskaya Hara (346 meters or 1,135 feet)
Lowest PointNeman River (90 meters or 295 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $6,700 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 74 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.by

Belarusian National Anthem

My Belarusy

We, Belarusians, are peaceful people
Wholeheartedly devoted to our Motherland
We are faithful friends, and we live
In a beautiful land that’s free and open
Our strength comes from the unity of our people
From our fidelity to the Motherland
Together we are stronger in our age-old struggle
For the fortune of our Homeland
Our wisdom and valor passed down through generations
In a beautiful and free Belarus

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Belarusian Flag

The flag of Belarus, adopted on June 7, 1995, after a controversial referendum, is a symbol of the nation’s history and cultural heritage. The current flag design replaced the historic white-red-white flag used during brief periods of independence and democracy.

The flag features two horizontal stripes, red on the top and green on the bottom, with a distinctive red and white traditional Belarusian decorative pattern on the hoist side. The red color represents the past struggles for independence and the blood shed by the defenders of Belarus. The green symbolizes the future, hope, and the vast forests and fields of the country.

The decorative pattern on the left is a traditional Belarusian design, which has been used in local crafts and folk art for centuries. This pattern adds a unique cultural element to the flag, representing the rich cultural history and national identity of Belarus.

The current flag’s adoption followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union, marking a shift in the country’s identity and political orientation. The previous flag, used during the Soviet era and briefly after independence, featured the white-red-white design, which has become a symbol of opposition and democracy in modern Belarus.

The Belarusian flag has been a subject of political significance and controversy, representing different eras and ideologies in the country’s history. Today, it symbolizes the sovereignty of Belarus, reflecting both its Soviet past and its distinct national culture. The flag is a source of pride for many Belarusians and is prominently displayed in public spaces, at national events, and in international settings, representing the nation’s unity and identity.