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Bringing the World to Rochester

International student Regina Yarotskaya, studying at Nazareth as part of the IREX program, gave a presentation to the Pittsford Rotary in January on her homeland, Belarus. Her presentation, which touched on Belarus’s culture, economy, and geography, received a standing ovation. Later that month, another Nazareth student, Jigme Sherpa of Nepal, also presented a lecture to the Rotary on his homeland. Congratulations to Regina and Jigme on giving Rochesterians a better understanding of their beautiful native lands.

Fast Facts


  • Capital: Minsk
  • Official languages: Belarusian, Russian
  • Government: presidential republic
  • Independence (from Soviet Union): 1991
  • Population: 9.6 million
  • Largest exports: heavy machinery, agricultural products, energy products
  • Geography: Belarus is flat and landlocked. 40 percent is covered with forest, and it holds more than 11,000 lakes.


  • Capital: Kathmandu
  • Official language: Nepali
  • Government: republic
  • Population: 29 million
  • Chief exports: carpets, clothing, leather goods, jute goods, grain
  • Geography: Nepal contains five climatic zones, from tropical to arctic; and eight of the world's top ten highest peaks, including Everest (on the border with Tibet).
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