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Bosnian speaking countries

Bosnian is the official language in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is spoken in 4 other countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Bosnian language (native name: bosanski jezik) has its roots in the Indo-European language family.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 45 percent is in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A total of about 1.7 million people worldwide speak Bosnian as their mother tongue.
Distribution Bosnian

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSouthern Europeyes45.3 %1,482,000
SerbiaSouthern Europeno1.9 %130,000
MontenegroSouthern Europeno5.3 %33,000
KosovoSouthern Europeno1.7 %30,000
CroatiaSouthern Europeno0.3 %12,000

Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Bosnian as a subsequently learned language is not the subject of this page. Countries where native speakers make up only a few thousand, or even a few hundred people, or countries with a percentage well below 1% are unlikely to be listed here.