Slavic countries are those in Eastern Europe and East Asia, where most of the population has a strong affinity for Slavic customs and culture and where Slavic languages like Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian are widely spoken.
About half of Europe is made up of Slavic nations (though, to be fair, Russia is a significant contributor in this regard).
Slavs make up a sizable minority of the global population, about 360 million people.
Based on their geographical and linguistic distribution, Slavs may be split into three groups: West Slavs (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia), East Slavs (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine), and South Slavs (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia).
Nations having large Slavic populations but not majority Slavic countries include Germany and Denmark and the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Slavic Peoples History
Between the 5th and 10th centuries, the Slavs’ history may be traced back. Throughout Eastern and Central Europe, the ancient Slavs were members of tribal groups. Population growth among Slavs and its subsequent expansion into other areas started in the eighth century.
Christianity was the primary religion of the early Slavs, who resided in mostly Christian countries like Croatia, Serbia, and Poland. “Grubenhauser” villages were erected along the rivers by these people. In Eastern European dwellings, the stone ovens situated in the corners of the structures are still in use today.
Today, a large number of Slavs adhere to Christian beliefs. Residents of Western and Southwestern Slavic nations are more likely to be Roman Catholic than Eastern Orthodox. Among the Slavs’ religious minorities are Muslims, atheists, and Protestants
In most Slavic countries, the alphabet is shaped by the predominant religion. Orthodox Slavs use the Cyrillic script, whereas Roman Catholic Slavs use the Latin alphabet.
The 13 Slavic countries (and their respective populations):
- Belarus – 9,498,700
- Bosnia & Herzegovina – 3,829,000
- Bulgaria – 7,265,000
- Croatia – 4,253,000
- Czech Republic – 10,200,000
- Macedonia – 2,107,000
- Montenegro – 621,383
- Poland – 38,530,000
- Russia – 143,500,000
- Serbia – 7,164,000
- Slovakia – 5,414,000
- Slovenia – 2,060,000
- Ukraine – 45,490,000
With 143 million Slavs, Russia has the largest Slavic population globally. In terms of Slav populations, Poland (38+ million) and Ukraine (45+ million) complete the top three globally. With a population of just over 621,000 Slavs, Montenegro is the Slavic nation with the smallest proportion.
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