Up until now, the largest denomination is 100.000 Belarusian Roubles, BYR, which is around SEK 75. The country’s central bank has decided to print notes of the denomination of 200.000 Roubles during 2012. FOREX Bank doesn’t sell BYR and recommends anyone venturing to Belarus, to take Euros or Dollars with them.
Belarus (Belorussia/White Russia) has just over 10 million inhabitants, of which around 2 million live in the capital, Minsk. Perhaps the most famous Belarusians in history are the artist Marc Chagall, the ‘sparrow from Minsk’, gymnast Olga Korbut and the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak. The president and dictator, Aleksandr Lukasjenko isn’t famous but infamous!