Living in Minsk, from USA
"Thanks to InterNations, I got to know one of my closest friends here in Minsk. So I can really say that InterNations changed my life..."
Johanna S. Mattikanen
Living in Minsk, from Finland
"I am so happy about my new friends in Belarus, who know all about life as an expatriate far from home. "
InterNations - a trusted Network & Guide for Expats in Minsk
- Build up valuable contacts with like-minded Minsk expats
- Find reliable information and trustworthy tips about the expat life in Minsk
- Join top-class InterNations events to meet fellow expatriates in town
Welcome to Our Community of Expats in Minsk!
Vitayu and a warm welcome to Minsk! If you're recently arrived or planning a move to the Belarusian capital, you're likely to find that making connections is extremely helpful in settling into this fascinating but somewhat introverted city. At InterNations, we offer a variety of resources for expats, including an active social platform where you can trade advice and recommendations with fellow Minsk residents from all walks of life. Simply join InterNations to find the answers to important questions such as how to secure a visa for entry into Belarus, which districts of Minsk offer the most affordable apartments, and what to expect from the standards of healthcare in the country. Due to Belarus' long history of isolation and relative lack of engagement with external cultural influences, getting to grips with the way of life in Minsk is crucial to getting the most out of your experience. By providing first-hand recommendations and a bridge to the city's international community, we hope our service will help you to discover the unsung pleasures of living in Minsk — from the immaculately clean parks and gardens to the world-class museums and galleries.
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Expat Life & Facts about the Local Economy in Minsk
A largely state-controlled Eastern European republic with relatively little interaction with the international community beyond its immediate former Soviet neighbors, Belarus is a country that doesn't particularly encourage visitors. However, this sense of mystery and isolation is exactly what makes the country so appealing to those looking for a genuinely unique experience. What expat community Belarus does have is largely based in the capital city of Minsk, a surprisingly modern and vibrant cultural center with cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants and nightclubs that belie the city's somewhat foreboding reputation. Employment opportunities are limited, with minimal foreign investment and most major companies under the control of the government. Many expats either have personal connections in the country or work as teachers. Key industries for the city include manufacturing and engineering. On the whole, a move to Minsk is certainly a challenge — particularly if you don't have Russian or Belarusian heritage and language skills — but far from impossible, and once you settle in the city you'll find it to be a lively and distinctive location with a great deal to do and see.
Meet Like-Minded Expats at InterNations Events in Minsk
With a relatively small international community living and working in Minsk, meeting fellow expat residents can be tough. That's why the InterNations platform should be your first port of call for making connections in a friendly and secure environment. We host recent arrivals and long-time Minsk residents from all over the world, all of whom are united by our guiding principles of honesty, respect and ethical behavior. You should feel free to pose any questions you might have about living in Minsk — from practicalities such as learning the Belarusian and Russian languages that dominate the country, finding employment opportunities in the city and dealing with Belarusian bureaucracy, to social activities such as joining a netball team, sampling the Minsk nightlife or attending a movie screening. To help you along, InterNations also hosts regular events in attractive Minsk venues — where you can meet fellow expats and share your experiences of this unique and multifaceted city.
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