About Belarus

Population

Population

9 491 800 inhabitants (Jan. 2018). Urban population share is 77.6%.

Nationalities

There are 125 nationalities in Belarus. Main ethnic groups are:
Belarusians – 83.7% of whole population, Russians – 8.3%, Poles – 3.1%, Ukrainians – 1.7%, Jews – 0.1%.

Languages

Official languages are Belarusian (is spoken by 11.9% of population) and Russian (used by 72%). Ukrainian, Polish, Eastern Yiddish, Lithuanian and Latvian languages are used by minorities living in border territories

Religion

All world religions co-exist in Belarus. Nowadays the most believers groups are: Orthodox – more than 84% of believers, Catholics – about 12.5%, Protestants – about 2%, and also Jews, Moslems, Buddhists and followers of new religious flows.

Administrative division

Belarus divides into 6 oblasts (semantic equivalent of "oblast" is "province") called on the central cities names (data on the beginning of 2018):
Brest oblast – 1,384,500 inhabitants (city of Brest – 347,576 inhabitants)
Gomel oblast – 1,415,700 (Gomel – 535,693)
Grodno oblast – 1,043,700 (Grodno – 370,919)
Minsk oblast – 1,426,500 (+ Minsk – 1,982,400, 20.9% of Belarus population)
Mogilev oblast – 1,058,800 (Mogilev – 381,353)
Vitebsk oblast – 1,180,200 (Vitebsk – 377,960)
Each oblast devides in regions (totally 118)