Picture Languages

Belarusian speaking countries

Belarusian is one out of two official languages in Belarus and is spoken in 4 other countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Belarusian language (native name: беларуская мова) has its roots in the Indo-European language family.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 23 percent is in Belarus. A total of about 3.0 million people worldwide speak Belarusian as their mother tongue.
Distribution Belarusian

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
BelarusEastern Europeyes23.4 %2,186,000
RussiaEastern Europeno0.3 %430,000
PolandEastern Europeno0.5 %189,000
UkraineEastern Europeno0.3 %131,000
EstoniaNorthern Europeno1.4 %19,000

Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Belarusian as a subsequently learned language is not the subject of this page. Countries where native speakers make up only a few thousand, or even a few hundred people, or countries with a percentage well below 1% are unlikely to be listed here.