Pray for: Belarus

Flag for Belarus

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Minsk
Population: 9,442,867
% Urban: 79.9 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 17 %
Official Language: Belarusian and Russian; the latter is more widely used
Languages: 11
Literacy Rate: 100 %
HDI Ranking: 53 / 189
% Christian: 70.5 %
% Evangelical: 1.3 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 70.5 %
People Groups: 26
Least Reached People Groups: 6
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Belarus

Tier: 1

Type: country

Belarus gained independence, but it continues to operate more like a Communist-era authoritarian regime – the President has kept his position since 1994! Elections do not reflect democracy, and Russia’s influence is widespread. A democratic revolution seems unlikely, but many do oppose the current regime and seek increased freedoms. Recent mass demonstrations, harsh reprisals, and international sanctions indicate growing local and regional opposition to such autocracy, but also the President’s entrenchment – possible only through Kremlin support. Pray for hope, justice, and a brighter future for the people of Belarus.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.