The Balts or Baltic people (Lithuanian: baltai, Latvian: balti) are an ethno-linguistic group of people who speak the Baltic languages of the Balto-Slavic branch of the Indo-European languages.

  Countries with a predominantly Baltic population
Total population
~ 3.6 million
Regions with significant populations
Baltic languages
Predominantly Roman Catholicism and Protestantism; minority Eastern Orthodoxy and Baltic neopaganism
Related ethnic groups
Slavs (mostly Poles, Belarusians, Kashubians, Pomeranians and Northern Russians)

One of the features of Baltic languages is the number of conservative or archaic features retained.[3] Among the Baltic peoples are modern-day Lithuanians and Latvians (including Latgalians) — all Eastern Balts — as well as the Old Prussians, Yotvingians and Galindians — the Western Balts — whose languages and cultures are now extinct.

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