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1 (National). Statutory national language (1994, Constitution, Article 17(1)), largely symbolic use. 2,220,000 in Belarus (2009 census). The majority of Belarusans speak Russian [rus] as their L1. Population total all countries: 3,188,730. Ethnic population: 7,960,000 (2009 census).
1 (National). Statutory national working language (1998, Languages Act, Article 2(1)). 6,670,000 in Belarus (2009 census). Russian [rus] is spoken by most of the population in Belarus as their L1. Ethnic population: 785,000 (2009 census).