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The Balts or Baltic peoples (Lithuanian: baltai, Latvian: balti) are an ethno-linguistic group of peoples who speak the Baltic languages of the Balto-Slavic branch of the Indo-European languages.

Quick facts: Total population, Regions with significant po...
  Countries with a predominantly Baltic population
Total population
~ 6.5–7.0 million(including the diaspora)[1][2]
Regions with significant populations
Flag_of_Lithuania.svg Lithuania2,378,188[3]
Flag_of_Latvia.svg Latvia1,187,891[4]
Baltic languages
Predominantly Roman Catholicism and Protestantism; minority Eastern Orthodoxy and Baltic neopaganism
Related ethnic groups
Slavs (mostly Poles, Belarusians, Kashubians, Pomeranians and Northern Russians)

One of the features of Baltic languages is the number of conservative or archaic features retained.[5] Among the Baltic peoples are modern-day Lithuanians and Latvians (including Latgalians) — all East Balts — as well as the Old Prussians, Yotvingians and Galindians — the West Balts — whose languages and cultures are now extinct.

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