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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Slovenia

Ethnicity

Most of Slovenia's population is ethnically Slovene, which is primarily a combination of eastern and southern Slavs, making their closest relatives the Czechs and Croatians, while being more distantly related to the Poles, Slovaks, and Bulgarians among others. There are also small groups of ethnic Italians, Magyars (Hungarians), Serbs, and Croats in the country today.

Language

Slovenian is the only official national language in Slovenia, although both Italian and Hungarian are regionally recognized. Slovenian is a southern Slavic language, most similar to what is known in English as Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian is often referred to in more specific terms by individuals in the region as many people prefer calling the language Croatian, Bosnian, or Serbian.

No matter what native language an individual speaks, most Slovenians today learn English as a second language, making English the language of communication between groups and in some sectors, such as tourism. Learning this language is especially true among younger people as few people learned English during the Yugoslavia era.

Religion

Most Slovenians are Catholics, but there is a growing trend of atheism and unaffiliated Christianity. There are no other significant religious groups in Slovenia in terms of number of adherents.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014