Belarus: Introduction

Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe that borders Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. Belarus is generally flat, and forty percent is forested with marshland. The government system is a republic in name, although in fact is a dictatorship. The chief of state is the president, and the head of government is the prime minister. Belarus defines the economic system as market socialism, but it is most similar to a planned economy in which the central government directs the economy regarding the production and distribution of goods. Belarus is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).