LIVINING IN MINSK
Private rented accommodation in Minsk is relatively easy to find. The cost of $200 - $350 is conditioned by comfort and location. The International Relations Office will provide independent advice on real estate agencies.
Visit the following links to learn the city: http://www.kartaminska.by.ru, http://www.minskoldnew.com, http://bymetro.narod.ru
Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is today a clean manageable city of beautiful well-kept parks, and wide streets. As the political, economic, cultural, and social center of Belarus, with a population of 1.7 million, the city supports respected academic and cultural institutes of higher learning; modern sports facilities; tranquil botanical gardens; and innumerable museums, theaters, and arenas.
Minsk is replete with outstanding, yet inexpensive opportunities for the performing arts, including topnotch opera, ballet, music, theater, folk music and dance, and even a year-round circus. Art and photographic exhibitions are frequent and varied.
There is little crime in Minsk, yet visiting city outskirts and smaller neighborhoods at late hours is not recommended. It is required that you have an identification and copy of your passport with you.
Minsk has a well-developed network of public transportation that is inexpensive and reliable, although often crowded at rush hours. It operates from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. In addition to a modern metro, the system includes buses, trolley buses, and trams. Monthly and decade passes are available. Public transport tickets can be obtained from kiosks or transport conductors.
Taxi services are available 24 hours a day, but require some Russian language to call the radio dispatcher or to give the driver instructions. Fares should be metered or negotiated in advance. Tipping is not customary or expected.
The country code for Belarus is 375; the city code for Minsk is 17.
Some areas of Minsk have been updated to touch-tone dialing, but most of the country is still on the pulse dial system.
Calls from telephone booths require calling cards which can be used for local and long-distance calls (from universal phone booths). There is also a wide network of communication service in Minsk.
Clothing requirements are relatively informal, but must take into consideration the weather. Winters are wet, windy, and cold. Icy sidewalks can be slick. Spring and autumn are sometimes rainy. Summer temperatures are usually mild.
A supply of warm indoor winter clothing is recommended. Winter outdoor wear should include warm hats, scarves, gloves, wool socks, insulated waterproof boots with good tread, and a heavy coat.
The official currency of Belarus is the Belarusian ruble. Currency is issued in denominations ranging from 10 to 100,000 rubles. There are no coins. Money changing booths and kiosks are found on most major streets and in banks, larger restaurants, department stores, and markets. There is a growing number of ATM’s throughout Minsk. These accept Eurocard/Mastercard and VISA and a few will distribute foreign currency.
· Emergency Service - 101
· Militia – 102
· Ambulance – 103
You can dial free from any telephone booth!