Emerging Europe Live: Life in Belarus As Seen by Foreigners

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Read the Outlook on Belarus special report

Belarus is a country that an average Western European knows nothing, or very little, about. Businesses such as Viber, World of Tanks and Masquerade are only a few examples of how creative Belarusians are. Natural treasures such as Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the beautiful Braslaw lakes and finally, its great historical sights all prove that the country is definitely worth visiting.  

Emerging Europe, together with TUT.by, the largest news portal in Belarus, invited three foreigners to investigate what foreigners who live and work in Belarus say about the country: Ian Fox, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Minsk; Philipp Brunner, CEO of Stadler Belarus; Dr Klaus Baier, Team Leader, EU Most Programme, Goethe Institut and former Chairman of the German-Belarusian Economic Club.


Special thanks to TUT.by, which is the official partner of the programme.




Part 1 — How I chose to live in Belarus


Part 2 — Why Belarus still has a negative image


Part 3 — Despite a negative image, Belarus offers interesting business opportunities


Part 4 — How international media perceive Belarus


Part 5 — What makes Belarus an interesting tourist destination


Part 6 — What to eat and drink in Belarus



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