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Belarusian language

east Slavic language

The Belarusian language (Беларуская мова, transliteration: Biełaruskaja mova) is an eastern Slavic language. This language is a part of the Indo-European language family. It is spoken in Belarus and eastern Poland (in the area of Białystok). It is also spoken by Belarusians who live in other countries of Europe, Australia, and North America.

беларуская мова
BGN/PCGN: byelaruskaya mova
Native toBelarus, Poland, in 14 other countries
Native speakers
10 million (2007)[1]
Early form
Cyrillic (Belarusian alphabet)
Belarusian Braille
Belarusian Latin alphabet
Official status
Official language in
 Poland (in Gmina Orla, Gmina Narewka, Gmina Czyże, Gmina Hajnówka and town of Hajnówka)[2]
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byNational Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Language codes
ISO 639-1be
ISO 639-2bel
ISO 639-3bel
Linguasphere53-AAA-eb < 53-AAA-e
53-AAA-eba to 53-AAA-ebg)
Idioma bielorruso.png
Belarusian-speaking world
Legend: Dark blue - territory, where Belarusian is the main language

When writing Belarusian, people can use the Cyrillic or the Latin alphabet.