[bel] Also in Azerbaijan (Belarusian), Canada, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation (Belarusian), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan. 6,720,000 in Belarus (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Population total all countries: 7,818,960. Ethnic population: 9,050,000. Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1994, Constitution, Article 17(1)), largely symbolic use. Alternate Names: Belarusian, Belorussian, Bielorussian, Byelorussian, White Russian, White Ruthenian Dialects: Central Belarusan, Northeast Belarusan (Polots, Viteb-Mogilev), Southwest Belarusan (Grodnen-Baranovich, Slutska-Mazyrski, Slutsko-Mozyr). Linguistically between Russian [rus] and Ukrainian [ukr], with transitional dialects to both. Classification: Indo-European, Slavic, East Comments: Christian, Muslim.