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Slovenian
slovenski jezik, slovenščina
Pronunciation [sloˈʋenski ˈjɛzik], [sloˈʋenʃtʃina]
Native to Slovenia, Italy (in Friuli Venezia Giulia), Austria (in Carinthia and Styria), Hungary (in Vas); emigrant communities in various countries
Native speakers 2.5 million  (date missing)
Language family
Indo-European
  • Balto-Slavic
    • Slavic
      • South Slavic
        • Western South Slavic
          • Slovenian
Dialects
Prekmurje dialect
Resian
approx. 32 unstandardised dialects
Writing system Latin
Official status
Official language in Slovenia
Regional or local official language in:
Austria
Hungary
Italy
Language codes
ISO 639-1 sl
ISO 639-2 slv
ISO 639-3 slv


Slovenian belongs to the group of South Slavic languages. It is spoken by approximately 2.5 million speakers worldwide, the majority of whom live in Slovenia. It is the first language of about 1.85 million people and is one of the 24 official and working languages of the European Union.

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