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Coordinates: 52°38′N 29°44′E / 52.633°N 29.733°E / 52.633; 29.733


Belarusian: Светлаго́рск
Russian: Светлого́рск
In the center of town.
In the center of town.
Flag of Svietlahorsk[1]
Coat of arms of Svietlahorsk[1]
Coat of arms
Svietly (The Bright), Belarusian: Светлы
Svietlahorsk[1] is located in Belarus
Coordinates: 52°38′N 29°44′E / 52.633°N 29.733°E / 52.633; 29.733
Country Belarus
RegionFlag of Нomieĺskaja Voblasć. Gomel
The first written mention1560
 • Total25.85 km2 (9.98 sq mi)
131 m (430 ft)
 • Total68,593
 • Density2,796/km2 (7,240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EET)
Postal code
24743х (in Russian)
Area code(s)375 (0) (2342) (in Russian)
License plate3
WebsiteOfficial website (in Russian)

Svietlahorsk (Belarusian: Светлаго́рск, [sʲvʲetɫaˈɣorsk], Svetlogorsk (Russian: Светлого́рск), until 1961 Šacilki, Belarusian: Шацілкі) is a town in the Svietlahorsk District of Gomel Region of Belarus, the administrative center of the rajon (district). It is located by the Berezina River and has 68,593 inhabitants (2015 estimate).

Svietlаhorsk-na-Biarezinie (Svietlаhorsk on Biarezina) is also a railroad station on the ZhlobinKalinkavichy railway line.


Within Svietlahorsk there are many industrial activities and organizations. They include: the power plant, a chemical man-made fiber plant, a reinforced concrete industrial complex, a Petroleum producing industry, a pulp and paper milk industry, butter-making factory, a bakery, and an industrial college.


Within Svietlahorsk there is an Orthodox church and cathedral, a Catholic church, a quay, and a museum of local lore.


Svietlahorsk is the region worst affected by HIV-AIDS in Belarus. Although the city accounts for less than 1% of the population of Belarus, it accounts for close to 30% of all the reported cases of HIV infections.[3][4] Around 6% of the adult population in Svietlahorsk is HIV positive.[5]

Svietlahorsk, like much of Gomel Region, suffered extensive radioactive fallout after the Chernobyl Accident of 1986. This has led to significant health and ecological issues in the city and surrounding countryside.

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ According to the Instruction on Latin Transliteration of Geographical Names of the Republic of Belarus (decree of the State Committee on Land Resources, Surveying and Cartography of the Republic of Belarus dated 11.06.2007 No. 38): Постановление Государственного комитета по имуществу Республики Беларусь от 11.06.2007 № 38 «О внесении изменений и дополнений в Инструкцию по транслитерации географических названий Республики Беларусь буквами латинского алфавита» // Национальный правовой интернет-портал Республики Беларусь. (in Russian)
  2. ^ Статистический бюллетень «Численность населения на 1 января 2015 г. и среднегодовая численность населения за 2014 год по Республике Беларусь в разрезе областей, районов, городов, поселков городского типа».
  3. ^ Kostikova LI, Firsova NP, Vasilevskaia AE, Skripko SM, Serovkaia TI (1999). "Analiz vspyshki VICh-infektsii v g. Svietlahorskie Respubliki Belarus' sredi lits, potrebliaiushchikh narkotiki in'ektsionno" [An analysis of an outbreak of HIV infection in the city of Svietlahorsk, the Republic of Belarus, among persons using injected narcotics]. Zhurnal Mikrobiologii, Epidemiologii, I Immunobiologii (in Russian) (1): 18–9. PMID 10096187.
  4. ^ "Светлогорский зональный ЦГЭ — Эпидситуация по ВИЧ-инфекции в Гомельской области на 01.10.2012 года". Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  5. ^ "10". - Retrieved 5 January 2015.

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