Bosnian language factsheet

Written on 28 July, 2022


Bosnian is a standardised variety of the Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian language (BCMS).

Bosnian is part of the South Slavic group of languages, which belongs to the Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family.

Five interesting facts about the Bosnian language:

1. The Bosnian language originates from a version of the Cyrillic alphabet called Bosnian Cyrillic, which dates back to the 10th century.

2. Approximately 2.5 million people speak Bosnian, the majority of whom live in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

3. Bosnian, along with Croatian and Serbian, is considered the official language of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

4. Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian are mutually intelligible and only distinguishable by colloquialisms and localised dialects.

5. Bosnian uses both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabet for its writing system.

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