Minority languages of Serbia

Street name sign, Marshal Tito Street, in Serbian, Slovak, and Hungarian languages, in the village of Belo Blato.

There are 15 minority languages that are spoken in Serbia.[1] Those languages are Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Bunjevac, Croatian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Macedonian, Romani, Romanian, Pannonian Rusyn, Slovak, Ukrainian and Vlach.[1] The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages was signed by Serbia and Montenegro on 22 March 2005.[2] Republic of Serbia as the successor of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro continue its legal obligations toward charter and it entered into force on 1 June 2006.[2] In municipalities where certain minority constitute more than 15% of total population introduction of a minority language in official use is compulsory.[2] Additionally, In province of Vojvodina, minority language and script which is not in official use on the entire territory of the municipality shall be introduced into official use in a settlements of that municipality if the percentage of given minority reaches 25% in that settlement.[2]

Constitution of the Republic of Serbia stipulates that Serbian language and Cyrillic script shall be in the official use, while official use of other languages and scripts shall be regulated by law.[3] In addition, provision of Article 79 specifies the right of people belonging to minority national communities to preserve cultural identity, which shall also include the right to use their own languages and scripts.[3]


  1. 1 2 "Latest Council of Europe report on regional or minority Languages in Serbia published". The Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR REGIONAL OR MINORITY LANGUAGES-APPLICATION OF THE CHARTER IN SERBIA, 2nd monitoring cycle" (PDF). Council of Europe. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Official Use of Languages and Scripts in the AP Vojvodina". Pokrajinski sekretarijat za obrazovanje, propise, upravu i nacionalne manjine – nacionalne zajednice. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
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