List of territorial entities where Russian is an official language

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Map of the Russian-speaking world: A map of countries where Russian is widely spoken.[citation needed]

This is a list of countries and territories where Russian is an official language:

Countries where Russian is an official language[edit]

Country Population 2010[1] Native Russian speakers Est. total speakers Status of Russian More info
Total Russian language
 Belarus 9,480,178 x x 2-nd state language Languages of Belarus
 Kazakhstan 17,736,896 x x official
 Kyrgyzstan 5,418,300 x 2-nd official Languages of Kyrgyzstan
 Russia 142,914,509 x x State language Languages of Russia
 Tajikistan 7,616,400 x x official inter-ethnic communication Languages of Tajikistan

Regions where Russian is an official language[edit]

Region Country Status Population Native Russian speakers Est. total speakers Status of Russian More info
 Abkhazia  Georgia De facto independent[2][3] x x Official Languages of Abkhazia
 South Ossetia  Georgia De facto independent[3][4] x x Official Languages of South Ossetia
 Transnistria  Moldova De facto independent x x Official Languages of Transnistria
 Gagauzia  Moldova Autonomous region x x Official Languages of Moldova
 Kherson Oblast  Ukraine Oblast x x Regional Languages of Ukraine
 Mykolaiv Oblast  Ukraine Oblast x x Regional Languages of Ukraine
 Odessa Oblast  Ukraine Oblast x x Regional Languages of Ukraine
 Kharkiv Oblast  Ukraine Oblast x x Regional Languages of Ukraine
 Dnipropetrovsk Oblast  Ukraine Oblast x x Regional Languages of Ukraine
 Republic of Crimea  Ukraine,  Russia (de facto) Partially recognized referendum x x Official Languages of Crimea
A number of municipalities in Tulcea and Constanța counties  Romania 18,946[5] x Local Languages of Romania
Russian Economic Zone in Spitsbergen  Norway x x Demographics of Svalbard

Organisations with Russian as an official language[edit]

Other[edit]

In addition to the above-mentioned countries in which Russian is an official language, there are several other countries where Russian, though not official, is spoken by a significant portion of the population, and is thus an important secondary language in these countries.[further explanation needed] These include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ See: List of countries by population in 2010
  2. ^ Конституция Республики Абхазия (in Russian). President of Abkhazia. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  3. ^ a b Abkhazia and South Ossetia are partially recognised independent states
  4. ^ Конституции Республики Южная Осетия (in Russian). The State Committee on Information and Press of the Republic of South Ossetia. Retrieved 2009-03-17. [dead link]
  5. ^ 2011 Romanian census