About Belarus

Population

Population

9 505 200 inhabitants (Oct. 2016). 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 2016):
Brest oblast – 1,378,000 inhabitants (city of Brest – 340,200 inhabitants)
Gomel oblast – 1,422,900 (Gomel – 521,500)
Grodno oblast – 1,050,100 (Grodno – 365,600)
Minsk oblast – 1,417,300 (+ Minsk – 1,959,800, 20.6% of Belarus population)
Mogilev oblast – 1,067,600 (Mogilev – 378,100)
Vitebsk oblast – 1,193,600 (Vitebsk – 376,200)
Each oblast devides in regions (totally 118)