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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Belarus Has Set an Example for Others to Follow

Belarus is Bringing Opportunities for European Companies

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Brexit Makes Waves Across the European Union and Beyond

The EU’s Benign Neglect of Eastern Europe

Brexit Is a Great Opportunity to Attract Foreign Investors to Belarus

Innovation Brings Great Opportunities to the Belarusian Economy

Veni, Vidi, Vici, Or My Personal Experience of Doing Business in Belarus

Outsourcing in Germany: Stop Talking at and Start Talking to

Belarus and the EBRD:
Working to Expand the Country’s Strengths and Success

Slowly, Tech Brand Belarus Emerges

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The Deep Roots of Currency Crises in the Former Soviet Union

PandaDoc — Rolling Sales Procedures Together So Everyone Succeeds

Not All Quiet on the Eastern Front

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21st century Manufacturing Arrives at Great Stone

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Winds of Change for Belarus’ Reinsurance Industry?

EY: Belarus’ IT Scene Is Thriving

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UK Shores: the New Frontier, a View on a Series of Fortunate Events

The Proof of a Country’s Readiness to Attract Foreign Investors Lies in the Development of the Insurance Market

Georgia Leads Emerging Europe in Ease of Doing Business Report

Belarus Refinery Boss Upbeat Despite Challenges

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Belarus Serves up Some Recipes for Success

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The essence of the Customs Union is protectionism

Foreign Investors: Belarus Offers Opportunities But Further Improvements Are Needed

HTP: Belarus’ Engineers Are Leading a Cool Revolution

Germany and Belarus: Thinking Globally Acting Locally

Business Mentors Helping to Solve Business Development Problems First

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Belarusian Tech Companies Lead a Global Technological Advance in Outsourcing and Product Development

While the EU Makes Plans for CEE China Makes Investments

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Belarus: The Importance Of Diversification

Belarus: MOST Builds a Bridge to the Future

Belarus Is Making the First Steps onto the International Finance Floor

Breaking trade barriers with CIS has never been easier

Cautious Upturn in Emerging Europe Haunted by the Spectre of Uncertainty

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Will European Business and Institutions Bolster the New Trends That Have Appeared in Belarus?

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Using Words to Paint a Picture – Belarus’ Nobel Prize Winning Novelist

One Belt One Road: a Big Task for Europe

Belarusian Journalists Still Face Huge Problems

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Emerging Europe and the EBRD host the Outlook on Belarus conference in London

Belarus Is Ready to Begin With Venture Capital Investments

Is the CEE Region About to Steal the Outsourcing Crown From India?

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The Country Shows Promise but Needs Some Reforms

Belarus Is One of the Top Outsourcing Destinations of 2016

FocusEconomics: Belarusian Economy to Grow in Q4 2016 and Onwards

Belarus’ Economy Is Slowly Recovering From Past Declines

Minsk International Airport Widens its International Reach


Central And Eastern Europe At the World Property Market

Belarus 2020: Turning the Vicious Circle Into an Upward Spiral

Belarus US Business Relations Thrive as Conditions Improve

The Shopping Experience Is Set To Go Global in Belarus from 2017 Onwards

“e-Belarus”: Embracing the Internet and its Possibilities

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‘No’ To a Monetary Union With Russia

Bringing Belarus’ Cultural Past to Life for Belarusians and the World

EBRD Transition Report Highlights Financial Sector Resilience


Invest in Belarus: looking beyond politics to the future

Young Well-Paid IT Specialists Are Making Belarus Known Internationally

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The UK and Belarus: A Partnership to Introduce the Real Belarus to Europe

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The Eurasian Economic Union Fails to Bring Belarus Closer to Big Brother

The Belarusian real estate market is on the up

Foreigners choose Minsk and Gomel as Belarus’ most attractive FDI destinations

More EU Help for Belarus SMEs

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Smart, reliable and promising

Belarus Is Where the New Silk Road Heads For Europe

Falling Student Numbers and Declining R&D Result From Lack of Funds

Encouraging SME’s Development Will Help Build Belarusian Economy

Office Space Vacancy is Currently Low but Building Standards Cause Concern

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Germany Is Not Letting Belarus’ Small Downturns Put it off Looking for Investment Opportunities

Despite Public Anxieties, Migration is Playing a Key Role in ECA Growth

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Belarus is the most creative EEU country

The EU Is Encouraging Belarus to Join the World Trade Organisation

Belarus Steps Up Liberalisation of Business


Rolling Sales Procedures Together so Everyone Succeeds


Belarus-Turkey Investment Forum to increase investment and trade between the two countries

The Belarusian Economy: The Challenges of Stalled Reforms

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IMF Believes State-Owned Enterprises Must Be Reformed

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The Next Four Months Crucial For the Belarus-EU Relations

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Belarus: On the Way to a Market Economy?

A New Modern Mall Hopes to Draw Belarusians Back to the Home Market

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Belarusian Economic Recovery May Downgrade Intended Reforms for Competitiveness

Belarusian Economy on a Diet to Change its Financial Outlook

The Belarusian Banking Sector Moving Towards Modernisation Despite Some Challenges

OECD: Belarus Has to Find Its Own Belarusian Model to Emerge

Why Is Belarus Tech Booming?

Emerging Europe to Record Positive Growth Across the Board in 2018

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EBRD Emerging Europe Outlook on Belarus 2016

Belarus Has To Make an Extra Effort To Change Investors’ Perceptions

Business Opportunities in Belarus Encourage Outside Interest

Why Was Zapad-2017 So Important?

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Putin Urges Belarus to End Oil Transit Through Lithuania

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Emerging Europe Makes Some Progress on Closing Gender Gap

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The Belarusian Financial Sector: An Industry in the Process of Restructuring

The Great Stone Industrial Park — Making Doing Business Easy in Minsk

Feel the Vibe of the City of Minsk

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The Reality Is More Interesting Than the Misconceptions

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Belarus Introduces New Business-Friendly Auditing Procedures

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