L1 users: 2,230,000 (2011 census). The majority of Belarusans speak Russian [rus] as their L1. Ethnic population: 7,960,000 (2009 census). Total users in all countries: 2,560,170.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1994, Constitution, Article 17(1)), largely symbolic use.
SVO; prepositions; noun head final; gender (masculine/feminine/neuter); no articles; case-marking (6 cases); verb affixes mark person, number, gender of subject (in past tense); passives; tense and aspect; 37 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes; non-tonal; free stress.