Crimean Tatar


A language of Ukraine

Alternate Names
Crimean, Crimean Turkish

260,000 in Ukraine (2006 A. Goriainov). Population total all countries: 475,540.


Crimea. Also in Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey, United States, Uzbekistan.

Language Status

4 (Educational). Language of recognized nationality (2009, No. 1167-VI, AR Crimea Republic Constitution (amended), Articles 11-13), protected language.

Language Use

Mostly the older generations speak it, but it could be shifting up in use.

Language Development
Taught in a few schools. Two local universities have faculties of Crimean Tatar. Poetry. Newspapers. TV. NT: 1666–2011.
Cyrillic script. Latin script, official use since 1997.
Other Comments

Sometimes confused with, but distinct from, Tatar [tat]. Muslim.

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