Serbs

The Serbs (Serbian Cyrillic: Срби, romanized: Srbi, pronounced [sr̩̂bi]) are a South Slavic ethnic group and nation,[25][26][27][28] native to the Balkans in Southeastern Europe.

Serbs
Срби
Srbi
Total population
c. 10 million*
Regions with significant populations
Balkans 
 Serbia (excl. Kosovo)5,988,150 (2011)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina1,086,733 (2013)[1]
 Croatia186,633 (2011)[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. 700,000 (est.)[8]
 Austriac. 300,000 (2010 est.)[9]
  Switzerlandc. 150,000 (2000 est.)[10]
 Francec. 120,000 (2002 est.)[11]
 Swedenc. 110–120,000 (est.)
 United Kingdomc. 70,000 (2001 est.)[12]
 Italy46,958[13]
 Norwayc. 15,000 (est.)[14]
 Hungary11,127 (2016)[15]
North America 
 United States199,080 (2012)[16]
 Canada80,320 (2011)[17]
Rest of the world 
 Australia69,544 (2011)[18]
 South Africac. 20,000 (est.)[19]
 UAEc. 15,000 (est.)[20]
 Argentina30,000 (ancestry)[21]
 Brazil21,000[22]
Languages
Serbian
Religion
Predominantly Eastern Orthodoxy
(Serbian Orthodox Church)[23]
Related ethnic groups
Other South Slavs, especially Montenegrins

* 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.[24]

The majority of Serbs live in their nation state of Serbia, as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Kosovo.[lower-alpha 1] They also form significant minorities in North Macedonia and 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 is official in Serbia, co-official in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is spoken by the plurality in Montenegro.