L1 users: 451,000 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 529,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 617,570.
Severnaya Osetiya-Alaniya and Kabardino-Balkariya; north of Ossetic in Georgia.
5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in North Ossetia-Alania (1993, Constitution, Article 68(2)).
Digor, Iron. Digor and Iron (the major dialect) are mutually unintelligible. Russian [rus] is used as a lingua franca by both groups.
Most also use Russian [rus].