Belarus might not be on top of your list of fantasy travel destinations, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting at all. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Belarus. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: It Aired a Ripoff of ‘The Big Bang Theory’
The show was called The Theorists and featured four scientists. However, it was subsequently realized to be a copy of The Big Bang Theory, but because the network that aired the show was owned by the Belarusian government, Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre could only protest it.
Number Fourteen: Its Capital Has Been Destroyed and Rebuilt Eight Times
Seriously! The city of Minsk has been destroyed on eight different occasions and was rebuilt every time. The last time it was destroyed and rebuilt was after World War II.
Number Thirteen: Belarus Is ‘Potato Nation’
The country grows potatoes as one of its agricultural staples. In fact, there are over 300 Belarusian recipes containing potatoes.
Number Twelve: It’s More Technologically Advanced Than Most People Realize
Belarus has sort of snuck up on everybody with their advanced technology. The country is responsible for bringing us the Viber Messenger App, as well as the game called World of Tanks.
Number Eleven: Nearly Half of the Country Is Covered in Forests
Approximately 40 percent of the land in the country is covered in forest, which leaves ample opportunity for colonization. The country itself is 80,200 square miles.
Number Ten: It’s the Only European Country That Practices Capital Punishment
This fact is a little morbid, but it’s true. Belarus is the only country in all of Europe that still includes capital punishment in its laws. Its government practices the law as well.
Number Nine: Its Literacy Rate Is Higher Than the United States’
In the United States, there is an 86 percent literacy rate (as of 2013). However, in Belarus, over 99 percent of the population over the age of 15 is literate. Impressive! Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Belarus, coming soon!