Slavs

Slavs are the largest European ethnolinguistic group.[1] They speak the various Slavic languages, belonging to the larger Balto-Slavic branch of the Indo-European languages. Slavs are geographically distributed throughout northern Eurasia, mainly inhabiting Central and Eastern Europe, and the Balkans to the west; and Siberia to the east. A large Slavic minority is also scattered across the Baltic states and Central Asia,[2][3] while a substantial Slavic diaspora is found throughout the Americas, as a result of immigration.[4]

Slavs
World map of countries with:[citation needed]
  Majority Slavic ethnicities (More than 50%)
  Minority Slavic populations (10–50%)
Total population
see #Population
Languages
Slavic languages
Religion
Majority:[citation needed]
Eastern Orthodoxy
Catholicism (Greek Catholicism or Latin Catholicism)

Minority:[citation needed]
Islam
Protestantism
Slavic Neopaganism
Spiritual Christianity
Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
Indo-Europeans

Present-day Slavs are classified into East Slavs (chiefly Belarusians, Russians, Rusyns, and Ukrainians), West Slavs (chiefly Czechs, Kashubs, Poles, Slovaks, Silesians and Sorbs) and South Slavs (chiefly Bosniaks, Bulgarians, Croats, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Serbs and Slovenes).[5][6][7][8]

The vast majority of Slavs are traditionally Christians. However, modern Slavic nations and ethnic groups are considerably diverse both genetically and culturally, and relations between them – even within the individual groups – range from "ethnic solidarity to mutual feelings of hostility".[9]


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