Belarusians in Lithuania

The Belarusian minority in Lithuania (Belarusian: беларусы, biełarusy, Russian: белорусы, byelorusy, Lithuanian: baltarusiai or gudai) numbered 36,200 persons at the 2011 census, and at 1.2% of the total population of Lithuania, being the third most populous national minority.[2] The Belarusian national minority in Lithuania has deep historical, cultural and political relations. Many famous Belarusians lived and created in Lithuania, mostly its capital Vilnius; it was in Vilnius that the first standardized Belarusian language grammar was printed in.

Belarusians in Lithuania
Total population
1.2% of the Lithuanian Population[1]
Regions with significant populations
Vilnius, Visaginas, Klaipėda
Russian, Lithuanian, Belarusian, Ukrainian
Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy
Related ethnic groups
Belarusians, Slavs, especially East Slavs

According to the 2011 census, only 18.4% of Belarusians speak Belarusian as their mother tongue, while Russian is native for 56.3%, Polish - 9.3%, Lithuanian - 5.2% of Belarusians.

The most widespread Christian denominations among Belarusians in Lithuania are Roman Catholicism (49.6%) and Orthodoxy (32.3%).

Francysk Skaryna gymnasium is the only Belarusian school in Vilnius. One Catholic church in Vilnius (St. Bartholomew’s Church) provides religious services in Belarusian.

Some famous Lithuanian BelarusiansEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lithuania census 2011[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-07-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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