A: ADMINISTRATIVE AND TERRITORIAL STRUCTURE
ADMINISTRATIVE AND TERRITORIAL STRUCTURE - The Republic of Belarus consists of 6 Regions comprising 118 administrative Districts and the city of Minsk. The country numbers 110 towns, and 101 urban-type settlements.
Not strongly expressed regional differentiation is characteristic of Belarus, nevertheless, the Regions and Minsk City differ in the level of socioeconomic development and economy structure. The distinctive features of socioeconomic, natural and geographical and environmental components are as follows:
• a higher level of industrial development of western regions, with energy and material-intensive production facilities prevailing there;
• availability of large-sized chemical and petrochemical complexes in Vitebsk, Grodno, Gomel, Minsk and Mogilev Regions creating a heavy burden on the environment;
• a high level of concentration of the industries in the capital and cities;
• difference between the Districts in the level of the agribusiness development defined by soil, climatic, ecological and other local specifics and distribution of main subsectors of agricultural specialization;
• predominant concentration of social infrastructure complexes in Minsk, Regional and District centers and other towns.
Of 211 towns and urban-type settlements, 7 cities are with the population size from 100 to 200 thousand residents and 6 cities — with the population size from 200 to 500 thousand residents.
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