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The Serbs (Serbian Cyrillic: Срби, romanized: Srbi, pronounced [sr̩̂bi]) are the most numerous South Slavic ethnic group[28][29][30][31] native to the Balkans in Southeastern Europe, who share a common Serbian ancestry, culture, history and language.

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Total population
c. 10 million*
Regions with significant populations
 Serbia (excl. Kosovo) 5,988,150 (2011)
B&H RS 1,086,733 (2013)[1]
Southeast Europe
 Croatia123,892 (2021)[2]
 Montenegro**178,110 (2011)[3]
 Kosovo[lower-alpha 1]95,962 (2016 est.)[4]
 Slovenia38,964 (2002)[5]
 North Macedonia35,939 (2002)[6]
 Romania18,076 (2011)[7]
Rest of Europe
 Germanyc. 313,198 (people with full or partial ancestry)[8][9]
 Austriac. 300,000 (people with full or partial ancestry)[10]
 Switzerlandc. 150,000 (2000 est.)[11]
 Francec. 120,000 (2002 est.)[12]
 Swedenc. 110–120,000 (est.)
 United Kingdomc. 70,000 (2001 est.)[13]
 Norwayc. 15,000 (est.)[15]
 Hungary11,127 (2016)[16]
 Slovakia1,876 (2021)[17][18]
North America
 United States199,080 (2012)[19]
 Canada96,530 (2016)[20]
Rest of the world
 Australia69,544 (2011)[21]
 South Africac. 20,000 (est.)[22]
 UAEc. 15,000 (est.)[23]
 Argentina30,000 (ancestry)[24]
Predominantly Eastern Orthodoxy
(Serbian Orthodox Church)[26]
Sunni Islam, Protestant and Catholic minorities
Related ethnic groups
Other South Slavs, especially Bosniaks, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Shtokavian speakers in Croatia and Torlak speakers in Bulgaria

* The total figure is merely an estimation; sum of all the referenced populations.
**Some 265,895 (or 42.88% of Montenegro's total population) declared Serbian language as their mother tongue.[27]

The majority of Serbs live in their nation state of Serbia, as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Kosovo.[lower-alpha 1] They also form significant minorities in Slovenia. There is a large Serb diaspora in Western Europe, and outside Europe and there are significant communities in North America and Australia.

The Serbs share many cultural traits with the rest of the peoples of Southeast Europe. They are predominantly Eastern Orthodox Christians by religion. The Serbian language (a standardized version of Serbo-Croatian) is official in Serbia, co-official in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is spoken by the plurality in Montenegro.