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Belarusian
беларуская мова
BGN/PCGN: byelaruskaya mova
Native to Belarus, Poland, in 14 other countries
Ethnicity Belarusians
Native speakers 10 million  (2007)
Language family
Early forms:
Old East Slavic
  • Belarusian
Writing system Cyrillic (Belarusian alphabet)
Belarusian Braille
Belarusian Latin alphabet
Official status
Official language in  Belarus
 Poland (in Gmina Orla, Gmina Narewka, Gmina Czyże, Gmina Hajnówka and town of Hajnówka)
Recognised minority language in  Ukraine
Regulated by National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Linguasphere 53-AAA-eb < 53-AAA-e
(varieties:
53-AAA-eba to 53-AAA-ebg)
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Belarusian-speaking world
Legend: Dark blue - territory, where Belarusian is the main language

The Belarusian language (Беларуская мова, transliteration: Biełaruskaja mova) is an Eastern Slavic language and an Indo-European language.

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.

Belarusian is written by the either the Cyrillic alphabet or the Latin alphabet.

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