Both and Russian are official languages of Belarus. Belarusian, which is
central to the concept of national identity, is an East Slavic language that is
related to both Russian and Ukrainian, with dialects that are transitional to both. It is written in a Cyrillic alphabet and has loanwords from both Polish and Russian, which
is reflective of the region’s history.
According to a study carried out by the Belarusian government in 2009, 2.8 million (29.4%) out a population of 9.67 million could write, speak and read Belarusian in Belarus, and 5 million (52.5%) could read and speak it. However, only 1.15 million (11.9%) used Belarusian at home.
There were 316,000 Belarusian speakers in Russia based on the 2002 census, 55,000 in Ukraine per the 2001 census, and 40,000 in Poland per the 2002 census.
The Belarusian Wikipedia page shows a population of 6.34 million Belarusian speakers in Belarus, 30,000 in Lithuania and about 10,000 in Canada.
Based on these figures, the total number of speakers is between 6.79 and 8.25 million.
Belaruskaya mova, Beloruska language, Belorussian language, Byelorussian language, White Russian language, White Ruthenian language