Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is Belarus situated? Is it a European or Asian country?
Belarus is situated in Eastern Europe, between Russia and Poland. Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is located approximately 500 km to the east of Warsaw, 700 km to the west of Moscow, 900 km to the south of St. Petersburg, and 650 km to the north of Kiev. Belarusians believe that their country is located in the heart of Europe.
- What does the name “Belarus” mean?
The name “Belarus” means “White Rus” (White Russia), and there is no exact version of its origin. Some historians believe that “white” in old Slavic languages meant “free” pointing to the fact that Belarus was never invaded by the Tatars unlike other Russian principalities in the 13–15th centuries.
- What is the capital of Belarus?
Minsk is the capital of Belarus and its political, cultural, industrial, and scientific center. The name “Minsk” was derived from the Slavonic word “mena” (barter, exchange) because in ancient times it was the place where merchants from many countries of Europe and Asia struck deals and exchanged their goods.
- For what is Belarus famous?
The country is famous for its rich cultural, architectural, and historical heritage. Here you will find old churches, castles, fortresses, and parks, and encounter the familiar names of Mark Chagall, Francysk Skaryna, Adam Mickiewicz, and Kazimir Malevich. Belarus is also famous for its beautiful nature and is often referred to as a land of beautiful lakes, virgin forests, and rare species of plants and animals. In addition, the country has a reputation for scientific and IT excellence. Many experts express the view that Minsk is one of the largest centers of offshore programming in the former USSR.
- How do Belarusian cities look?
Our cities combine modern architecture with references to different historical periods, from the early Rus principalities and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania to Soviet times. Minsk and other Belarusian cities impress travelers with broad and well–kept streets and avenues. Having numerous bars and restaurants, theaters and museums, beautiful parks and gardens, Belarusian cities offer everything one would expect from a modern city.
- Do Belarusians differ from Russians or is it the same nation?
The two peoples are very close and many Belarusians believe that Russian is their native language, however, Belarusians differ from Russians. Belarusians have preserved their own culture and native language. The Belarusian language has assimilated vocabularies and phonological models of Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, and other European languages, while having its specific charm and melody. Our mentality is also different. Belarusians are typically more tolerant and easy–tempered.
- How do I get to Belarus? What documents do I need to enter your country?
Please read our Traveler Tips, and probably you will find answers to these questions.
- Can I trust Belarusian IT companies?
Belarusian software development companies have proven themselves to be reliable and effective partners. Many of them have long–term trusting relationships with foreign customers and leading IT providers. Each company will show you numerous positive references from its satisfied customers (See IBA Customer Reference List).
- What about intellectual property in Belarus?
Belarus joined the Copyright Act after the Geneva Conference of 1996. Afterwards, the national legislation was brought in line with the international standards. The Law of the Republic of Belarus on Copyright and Related Rights entered into force in 1998. In recent years, law enforcement activities to prevent the offences of intellectual property rights have considerably increased and the number of investigated law violations has grown.
- Are your programmers qualified enough to provide high quality technical solutions?
Belarusian companies offer the same core development languages, platforms, and technologies as their counterparts in other countries. Their skill level is often even higher than that of their peers in Western countries. Many local programmers were trained and certified by leading IT service providers, including IBM, HP, SAP, Check Point, SAS, and Microsoft. In addition, our engineers and developers have a reputation for being creative and able to solve complex problems.
- Do your programmers speak foreign languages?
Most Belarusian programmers are fluent in English or German. Some of them have a working knowledge of French, Polish, Italian or Spanish. Many companies offer ongoing classes in foreign languages to their employees.
These are some of the most commonly asked questions about Belarus and its IT industry. If you have more questions, please review this web site. Still having questions? We will be happy to answer them. Just contact us.