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Minsk (Belaroushie: Мінск, pronounced [mʲinsk]; Roushie: Минск, [mʲinsk]) is the caipital an lairgest ceety in Belaroushie, situatit on the Svislach an Niamiha rivers. Minsk is a heidquarters o the Commonwalth o Unthirlt States (CUS) an aw. As the naitional caipital, Minsk haes a special admeenistrative status in Belaroushie an is the admeenistrative centre o Minsk voblast (province) an Minsk raion (destrict) an aw. It haes a population o 1,837,000 inhabitants (2009).

Мінск, Минск
Skyline of Minsk
Banner o Minsk
Coat o airms o Minsk
Coat o airms
Minsk is locatit in Belarus
Location o Minsk, shown athin the Minsk Region
Coordinates: 53°54′N 27°34′E / 53.900°N 27.567°E / 53.900; 27.567Coordinates: 53°54′N 27°34′E / 53.900°N 27.567°E / 53.900; 27.567
Founded 1067
 • Mayor Andrei Shorets
 • City 409.5 km2 (158.1 sq mi)
Elevation 280.4 m (919.9 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Ceety 1,921,807
 • Density 5,966/km2 (15,450/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,101,018
Time zone EEST (UTC+3)
 • Simmer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Aurie code(s)

+375 17
+375 29 (mobile Velcom, MTS or Diallog)
+375 25 (mobile Life)
+375 33 (mobile MTS)

+375 44 (mobile Velcom)
License plate 7

The earliest references tae Minsk date tae the 11t century (1067), when it wis a provincial ceety athin the principality o Polotsk. In 1242, Minsk became a pairt o the Grand Duchy o Lithuanie, an it received its toun privileges in 1499. Frae 1569, it wis a caipital o the Minsk Voivodship in the Pols–Lithuanie Commonweel. It wis annexed bi Roushie in 1793, as a consequence o the Seicont Partition o Poland. Frae 1919–1991, Minsk wis the caipital o the Byeloroushie Soviet Socialist Republic.

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Twin touns an Sister ceetiesEedit

Minsk haes cultural links tae 20 twin touns in various kintras: