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The Serbs (Serbian Cyrillic: Срби, romanized: Srbi, pronounced [sr̩̂bi]) are the most numerous South Slavic ethnic group native to the Balkans in Southeastern Europe, who share a common Serbian ancestry, culture, history, and language.
|c. 10 million*|
|Regions with significant populations|
| Serbia (excl. Kosovo) 5,988,150 (2011)
B&H RS 1,086,733 (2013)
|Predominantly Eastern Orthodoxy |
(Serbian Orthodox Church)
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.
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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.