Zhodzina or Zhodino, is a city in Belarus, located in the Minsk Region, 50 km to north-east from Minsk. The city covers an area of 19 km² and has a population of 61,800 (2010). It is one of the newest cities in the country; its construction began in 1963. The city, the most populated in the Smalyavichy Raion, is situated 50 km (31 mi) in north-east of Minsk and 15 km (9 mi) south-west of Barysaw. It is crossed by the Plisa river and has a little lake in its southern suburb. There are nine schools, two high schools, one professional lyceum and Zhodzina polytechnical college in the city. However there is no higher educational institution in Zhodzina.