Much of Belarus (formerly the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic of the USSR, and then Byelorussia) is a hilly lowland with forests, swamps, and numerous rivers and lakes. There are wide rivers emptying into the Baltic and Black seas. Its forests cover over one-third of the land and its peat marshes are a valuable natural resource. The largest lake is Narach, 31 sq mi (79.6 sq km).

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  • Zhlobin (Belarusian: Жло́бін; Russian: Жло́бин, Polish: Żłobin, Lithuanian: Žlobinas) is a city in the Zhlobin District of Gomel Region, Belarus, located on the Dnieper river As of 2017, the population was 76,078 The city is notable for being the location where steelmaker BMZ was established

  • Vawkavysk (Belarusian: Ваўкавы́ск, Vaŭkavýsk; Russian: Волковыск; Polish: Wołkowysk; Lithuanian: Valkaviskas; Yiddish: וואלקאוויסק; names in other languages) is one of the oldest towns in southwestern Belarus and the capital of the Vawkavysk district It is located on the Wołkowyja River, roughly 98 kilometres (61 mi) from Grodno and 271 kilometres (168 mi) from Minsk Its population is estimated at 43,826 inhabitants

  • Svietlahorsk (Belarusian: Светлаго́рск, IPA: [sʲvʲetɫaˈɣorsk]) or Svetlogorsk (Russian: Светлого́рск), known as Shatsilki (Belarusian: Шацілкі; Russian: Шатилки) until 1961, is a town in Gomel Region, Belarus It serves as the administrative center of Svietlahorsk District It is situated on the Berezina River and has 67,054 inhabitants (2019 estimate)

  • Slutsk (officially transliterated as Sluck, Belarusian: Слуцк; Russian: Слуцк; Polish: Słuck, Lithuanian: Sluckas, Yiddish/Hebrew: סלוצק Slutsk) is a city in Belarus, located on the Sluch River 105 km (65 mi) south of Minsk As of 2010, its population is of 61,400 Slutsk is the administrative center of Slutsk District

  • Slonim (Belarusian: Сло́нім, Russian: Сло́ним, Lithuanian: Slanimas, Latvian: Sloņima, Polish: Słonim, Yiddish: סלאָנים, Slonim) is a city in Hrodzienskaja vobłasć, Belarus, capital of the Slonimski rajon It is located at the junction of the Ščara and Isa rivers, 143 km (89 mi) southeast of Hrodna The population in 2015 was 49,739

  • Salihorsk (Belarusian: Салігорск [salʲiˈɣorsk]; Russian: Солигорск [səlʲɪˈɡorsk], Soligorsk) is a city in Belarus In 2018 its population was 106,627

  • Pinsk (Belarusian: Пі́нск; Russian: Пи́нск [pʲin̪s̪k]; Polish: Pińsk) is a city located in Brest Region of Belarus, in the Polesia region, at the confluence of the Pina River and the Pripyat River The region was known as the Marsh of Pinsk and is southwest of Minsk The population is 138,415

  • Orsha (Belarusian: О́рша, Во́рша, romanized: Orša, Vorša; Russian: О́рша [ˈorʂə]; Lithuanian: Orša, Polish: Orsza) is a city in Belarus in the Vitebsk Region, on the fork of the Dnieper and Arshytsa rivers

  • Nesvizh, Niasviž (Belarusian: Нясві́ж [nʲaˈsʲvʲiʐ]; Lithuanian: Nesvyžius; Polish: Nieśwież; Russian: Не́свиж; Yiddish: ניעסוויז; Latin: Nesvisium) is a city in Belarus It is the administrative centre of the Nyasvizh District (rajon) of Minsk Region and site of Niasviž Castle, a World Heritage Site Its 2009 population is 14,300

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