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State`s Social policy

State`s Social policyThe Belarusian social state is largely a legacy of the Soviet past. Throughout communism, the state committed itself to ensuring equal access to basic services such as...read more ...

One-percent unemployment rate?

One-percent unemployment rate?With the official unemployment rate under 1%, the state seems to have achieved almost full employment. But this is mainly due to the vast public sector which employs...read more ...

Welfare state

Welfare state Many free (or quasi-free) social services (secondary and partially higher education, healthcare) are centrally funded from the budget, and a large number of services...read more ...

Low-cost housing loans

Low-cost housing loansBefore the 2011 economic crisis, much of the population could receive cheap housing loans from state-owned banks based on need criterion. The waiting time, however,...read more ...

Overview

OverviewA mortality rate that outstrips the birth rate, and increasing alcohol dependency are among the public health issues of highest concern in Belarus. The Belarusian...read more ...

Public Health in Belarus

Public Health in BelarusAccording to the statistical digest “Population Health in Belarus”, the population in early 2011 amounted to 9,481.2 thousand people, 75.1% of which resided...read more ...

Healthcare in Belarus

Healthcare in BelarusThe Belarusian Constitution guarantees the right for all citizens “to healthcare, including free treatment at state health-care establishments.” Medical...read more ...

Education system

Education systemBelarus inherited a well-developed education system from the Soviet era and a relatively high educational level of the population. But in the 1990s state funding was...read more ...

The Belarusian language in education

The Belarusian language in educationAlthough the government officially pursues a policy of equal access to education, in reality, the civil, social, cultural and economic rights of citizens are often...read more ...

Structure of the education system

Structure of the education systemThe education system consists of the following levels: Preschool education, General basic education (9 years) General secondary education (2 years) Vocational...read more ...

Pensioners

Pensioners The official retirement age for women is 55, and for men, 60. Around one fifth of Belarus’ 2.5 million pensioners officially continue to work. There is little...read more ...