Belarus Population 2020 (Live)

9,449,753

Since the 1990s, Belarus’s population has been declining until 2010. From 2010 to 2019, the population plateaued and increased slightly going from 9.42 million to 9.45 million. The population began declining again from 2019 to 2020. According to current projections, the population will fall to 7.45 million people by 2099.

The population growth rate for 2020 is -0.03%. While this rate is small, it is expected to increase in the coming decades. The fertility rate in Hungary is low at 1.71 births per woman. The positive net migration every year is not enough to make up for the lack of babies being born, unlike other countries with low fertility rates but are still seeing population growth.

Belarus is one of the fastest-shrinking countries in the world.

Belarus Population Growth

Across the entire country, the majority of the population increase recorded between 2001 and 2011 is as a result of immigration into Belarus - the number of people living in Austria but born elsewhere increased by 35% over the past decade. Belarus estimates that 81% of its population had no migration background, while about 19% had at least one parent of migrant background. There are estimated to be 415,000 descendants of foreign-born immigrants in the country.

Belarus Population Projections

The slight negative growth of Belarus is expected to continue declining in the years to come and become somewhat more drastic. In the next 30 years, it is projected that the rate of decrease will nearly double from -0.34% in 2020 to -0.61% in 2050. These projections state that the actual number of citizens in Serbia will decrease by more than a million during this time with the population being 8,703,942 in 2020, 8,355,445 in 2030, 7,912,824 in 2040, and 7,447,023 by 2050.

The current population of Belarus is 9,449,753, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 9,449,323.

Belarus Growth Rate

Belarus Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Minsk1,742,124
Gomel480,951
Mahilyow369,200
Vitebsk342,700
Hrodna317,365
Brest300,715
Babruysk220,517
Baranovichi168,772
Barysaw143,919
Pinsk130,777

Belarus is a landlocked, east-European nation that covers 80,153 squares miles (207,600 square kilometers) of land, sharing borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. For the most part, the land itself is either flat and marshy, or forest and the country has several major streams including the Neman, the Pripyat, and the Dnieper. Using the 2017 population of 9.5 million, the population density of Belarus is 118.5 people per square mile (45.8 people per square kilometer), which ranks 132nd in the world.

Largest Cities in Belarus

Three-quarters of the population of Belarus live in urban areas and there are many significantly sized cities. Minsk is the largest city in Belarus and is also its capital. The population of Minsk is 1.9 million people. Minsk was founded in 1067 A.D. Currently, Minsk and Belarus, in general, is leading ex-USSR states by way of urbanization. The second-largest city, with a population over half a million, is Homel, the administrative center of Belarus, which was notably affected by radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Other cities with populations over 200,000 include Mahilyow, Vitsyebsk, Grodno, Brest, and Babruysk.

Belarus Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20209,449,323-0.03%46.5796165
20199,452,411-0.00%46.5895164
20189,452,6170.03%46.5995164
20179,450,2310.05%46.5794163
20169,445,6430.07%46.5593162
20159,439,4230.04%46.5292162
20109,420,574-0.30%46.4388156
20059,562,088-0.64%47.1282152
20009,871,632-0.41%48.6578148
199510,077,608-0.15%49.6774141
199010,151,1340.50%50.0369133
19859,901,4930.68%48.8068129
19809,569,8470.68%47.1663123
19759,252,7790.75%45.6060119
19708,913,5520.94%43.9358116
19658,505,7220.92%41.9256112
19608,124,8810.96%40.0455110
19557,747,2100.01%38.1851110
19507,745,0020.00%38.1747109

Belarus Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20209,449,323-0.03%46.5796165
20259,385,438-0.14%46.2597166
20309,264,784-0.26%45.66100170
20359,105,605-0.35%44.88102172
20408,937,816-0.37%44.05102174
20458,781,029-0.35%43.28104177
20508,634,225-0.34%42.55108179
20558,487,779-0.34%41.83111181
20608,332,607-0.37%41.07111183
20658,167,753-0.40%40.25111184
20708,002,031-0.41%39.44110185
20757,851,176-0.38%38.69111188
20807,728,081-0.32%38.09111186
20857,636,822-0.24%37.64110185
20907,569,059-0.18%37.30112185
20957,506,076-0.17%36.99113185

Belarus Population by Year (Projections)

Belarus Population Pyramid 2020

Belarus Population by Age

There are 7,574,237 adults in Belarus.

Belarus Population Pyramid

Belarus Population Clock

The population of Belarus (as of 5/19/2020)?9,449,753
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2020)9,449,323
Births Per Day296
Deaths Per Day324
Net Migrations Per Day18
Net Change Per Day-10
Population Change Since January 1st-1,390

Belarus Population Estimator

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Estimate as of May 19th 2020 is: 9,449,678

Components of Population Change

One birth every 5 minutes
One death every 4 minutes
One net migrant every 80 minutes
Net loss of one person every 144 minutes

Belarus, a Eurasian landlocked country bordered by Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Belarus Demographics

Ethnic Belarusians constitute approximately 84% of the total population of Belarus. Russians are the next largest ethnic group at 8% of the population, followed by Poles (3%) and Ukrainians (1.5%). While Russian is the official and main language of the country, Belarusian is also widely spoken. Yiddish, Polish, and Ukrainian are also spoken.

Belarus Religion, Economy and Politics

59% of the population claims Eastern Orthodox Christianity as their faith; Roman Catholicism and Protestantism are practiced amongst some of the percentage of residents. Judaism and Baha’i faiths are also practiced by about 4% of the Belarus population. Belarus has no official religion, but under its constitution it allows for freedom of worship and religious practice as long as they pose no harm to social or governmental institutions.

Recent economic growth in the area has largely been fueled by foreign investment in recent years. The success of the economy in Belarus is also closely tied with economic success in Russia because of their long term ties with the area. The government has a heavy hand in most all economic divisions and it is very difficult for small businesses to flourish. Major industries in Belarus include energy (renewable energy, oil, natural gas, oil shale, and electricity), automobile manufacturing, iron, and metal ore mining, defense, banking, agriculture, technology, and tourism.

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has been in power since 1994 and has given the country one of the worst human rights records in Europe with rigged elections giving the people of the country little control. Monopolies run the major business sectors in Belarus, and even though they are no longer a republic of Russia, the Russian government still very much exerts its influence over the area.

Belarus Population History

Belarus is a former republic of the Soviet Union, but has been an independent nation since 1991 after the downfall of Russia, and applying for EU membership in 2009, which risked severing political ties with Russia- whom they have been historically dependent upon for energy. Belarus had the largest refugee population in Europe just twenty years ago, accounting for 7.5% of its population. 300,000 people left the country in the 90's, one-fifth of which had a higher education.

About Belarus

  1. National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus
  2. National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus
  3. UN World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1959, 1970, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 censuses, with official population estimates through 2016, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer