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Vojvodina is a province in Republic of Serbia and one of the most ethnically diverse regions in Europe[citation needed], home to 25 different ethnicities.

Ethnic map of Vojvodina according to the 2011 census based on the municipality data


2011 census


  • Hungarians – There are 251,136 Hungarians in Vojvodina or 13% of the population and they are the second largest ethnic group in the region. Hungarians mostly live in northern Vojvodina (northern Bačka and northern Banat). They constitute an absolute majority in 5 municipalities: Kanjiža (85.13%), Senta (79.09%), Ada (75.04%), Bačka Topola (57.94%), and Mali Iđoš (53.91%). There are also 3 ethnically mixed municipalities, with no absolute majority held by any nation, in which ethnic Hungarians constitute the largest percent of the population: Čoka (49.66%), Bečej (46.34%) and Subotica (35.65%). About two-thirds of all Hungarians in Vojvodina live in these 8 municipalities. Hungarian is one of the six official languages of Vojvodina, and is spoken by 14% of inhabitants.
2011 census


  • Slovaks – There are 50,321 Slovaks in Vojvodina or 2.6% of population. Slovaks are the third largest ethnic group in Vojvodina. They constitute an absolute majority in Bački Petrovac municipality (66.41%) and they also constitute the largest percent of the population in Kovačica municipality (41.07%). Slovak is one of six official languages of Vojvodina, spoken by 2.71% of the population of the province.
2011 census


  • Croats – There are 47,033 Croats in Vojvodina or 2.78% of the population. The largest concentration of Croats could be found in the municipalities of Apatin (10.42%) and Subotica (10%). Some of the Bunjevci and most of Šokci of Vojvodina declare themselves as Croats. Also one part of Yugoslavs of Vojvodina were declaring themselves as Croats before 1971.[1][2] Croatian is one of six official languages of Vojvodina, spoken by 1.04% of the population.
2011 census

Roma peopleEdit

  • Roma (Gypsy) – There are 42,391 Roma in Vojvodina or 2.19% of the population. The largest concentration of Roma could be found in the municipalities of Nova Crnja (6.83%), Beočin (6.51%), and Novi Kneževac (5.04%). The Roma language is not official in Vojvodina, but there are TV programs and other publications in the Roma language.
Roma people in Vojvodina, 2011. census


  • The Romanians - There are 25,410 Romanians in Vojvodina or 1.32% of the population. The largest concentration of Romanians could be found in the municipalities of Alibunar (24.1%) and Vršac (10.4%). They settled in Banat during great migrations of Balkanic peoples caused by Ottoman conquest (1552–1716), and also during Austrian administration (1716–1776).[3] According to theories of origin of Romanians, they emanated from Romanization of the Roman Province of Dacia, i.e. they descending from the antique populations of Dacians (Getae, Thracians) and Roman legionnaires and colonists. It is assumed that this Romance population survived great migrations of early Middle Ages somewhere in Transylvanian mountains,[4][5] from where it later spread to Wallachia, Moldova, Banat and other areas. Romanian is one of six official languages of Vojvodina, spoken by 1.08% of inhabitants.
Romanians in Vojvodina, 2011. census


  • Montenegrins - there are 22,141 Montenegrins in Vojvodina or 1.15% of the population. They were settled in Vojvodina during the 20th century, mostly shortly after World War II. The largest concentration of Montenegrins could be found in the municipalities of Vrbas (17.47%), Mali Iđoš (16.26%), and Kula (10.06%). Settlements in Vojvodina with Montenegrin majority are: Lovćenac (Mali Iđoš municipality), Kruščić (Kula municipality), and Savino Selo (Vrbas municipality). They mostly speak Serbian.
Montenegrins in Vojvodina, 2011. census


  • Bunjevci – Bunjevci are small ethnic group whose members mostly live in northern Vojvodina. There are 16,469 Bunjevci in Vojvodina.[6][7][8] The largest concentration of Bunjevci could be found in the municipalities of Subotica (9.57%) and Sombor (2.4%). Members of Bunjevci community are divided according to declaration of nationality and many also declare themselves as Croats or Yugoslavs. This nationality division also divide some Bunjevac families and there are many cases in which one sibling has declared as Bunjevac, while the other one has declared as Croat.[9] They speak (or have spoken) a specific Ikavian-Shtokavian dialect of Serbo-Croatian language. In census, they declare their language as Bunjevac or Serbian.


  • Rusyns – There are 13,928 Rusyns in Vojvodina and constitute 0.72% of the population. The largest concentration of Rusyns could be found in the municipalities of Kula (11.16%), Vrbas (8.21%), Žabalj (5.11%), and Šid (3.38%). Rusyn language is one of six official languages of Vojvodina and is spoken by 0.57% of the population. The Rusyn language is spoken mostly in Vojvodina and it is classified as western Slavic, thought it shares many similarities with Slovak. There is also a Rusyn language in Ukraine, but it is a different language classified as eastern Slavic.


  • Yugoslavs – There are 12,176 Yugoslavs in Vojvodina or 0.63% of the population. They mostly speak Serbian.


  • Macedonians- There are 10,392 Macedonians in Vojvodina. They settled in Vojvodina during the 20th century, mostly after World War II. The largest concentration of Macedonians could be found in the municipalities of Plandište (9.19%) and Pančevo (3.69%). They mostly speak Macedonian among themselves.


  • Ukrainians – There are 4,202 Ukrainians in Vojvodina or 0.54% of the population. The largest concentration of Ukrainians could be found in the municipalities of Kula (2.99%) and Vrbas (1.99%). They mostly speak Ukrainian.

Muslims by nationalityEdit

  • Muslims by nationality – There are 3,360 declared Muslims by nationality in Vojvodina. They mostly speak the Serbian language. The largest concentration of Muslims by nationality could be found in the municipality of Bač (1.18%). The number of Muslims in the sense of followers of Islam is significantly higher.


  • Germans – There are 3,272 Germans or Danube Swabians in Vojvodina. They are part of a group that came in a couple of waves, mostly in the 18th century. The older ones mostly speak a form of Swabian German, with all of the children now fluent in Serbian, and often knowing High German (for economic reasons). The German population of Vojvodina was more numerous in the past (about 350,000 before World War II). More than 250,000 left during the withdrawal of Nazi forces. As a consequence of the World War II events in Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav Communist government took a reprisals on ethnic citizens of German origin in Yugoslavia (including Vojvodina): they had their citizenship revoked and their belongings and houses were nationalized and taken from them. Between 1944 and 1946, a prison camp system was established for Yugoslav citizens of German origin, usually in settlements where they lived. After prison camps were abolished, ethnic Germans of Yugoslavia regained their rights and citizenship and most of them emigrated to Germany or Austria in the following years because of economic reasons. Before this war, the largest concentrations of Germans were in the municipalities of Odžaci (68.9%), Vrbas (61.1%), and Apatin (60.3%).


  • Albanians – There were 2,251 Albanians in Vojvodina or 0.12% of the population.


  • Slovenes – There are 2,005 Slovenes in Vojvodina.


  • Czechs – There are 1,648 Czechs in Vojvodina. They mostly speak Czech. The largest concentration of Czechs could be found in the municipality of Bela Crkva (3.99%). The only settlement in Vojvodina with Czech majority is Češko Selo in the Bela Crkva municipality.



  • Gorani – There are 1,179 Gorani in Vojvodina.


  • Russians – There are 1,173 Russians in Vojvodina.


  • Jews – There were 206 ethnic Jews in Novi Sad city according to the 2002 census. The Jewish population of Vojvodina was quite large in the past (about 19,000 before World War II), but most of these Jews were killed or deported during the Axis occupation in World War II. The language of Vojvodina Jews was Yiddish, German or Hungarian, with many families bilingual (or even trilingual).

Historical previewEdit

Recent demographic trends among largest ethnic groups in Vojvodina:

Population of Vojvodina according to ethnic group 1948–2011[10]
census 1948 census 1953 census 1961 census 1971 census 1981 census 1991 census 2002 census 2011
Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number %
Serbs 827,633 50.4 865,538 50.9 1,017,713 54.9 1,089,132 55.8 1,107,375 54.4 1,143,723 56.8 1,321,807 65.05 1,289,635 66.76
Hungarians 428,554 26.1 435,179 25.6 442,560 23.9 423,866 21.7 385,356 18.9 339,491 16.9 290,207 14.28 251,136 13
Slovaks 69,622 4.2 71,153 4.2 73,830 4.0 72,795 3.7 69,549 3.4 63,545 3.1 56,637 2.79 50,321 2.6
Croats 132,980 8.1 127,027 7.5 145,341 7.8 138,561 7.1 109,203 5.4 74,808 3.7 56,546 2.78 47,033 2.43
Yugoslavs / / / / 3,174 0.1 46,928 2.4 167,215 8.2 174,295 8.7 49,881 2.45 12,176 0.63
Montenegrins 30,531 1.9 30,516 1.8 34,782 1.9 36,416 1.9 43,304 2.1 44,838 2.2 35,513 1.75 22,141 1.15
Romanians 57,899 3.5 57,218 3.4 57,259 3.1 52,987 2.7 47,289 2.3 38,809 1.9 30,419 1.50 25,410 1.32
Roma / / / / / / / / / / / / 29,057 1.43 42,391 2.19
Total 1,640,757 1,699,545 1,854,965 1,952,533 2,034,772 2,013,889 2,031,992 1,916,889
Note: 2011 census results about ethnicity will be published during 2012.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ (in Serbian) Služba za opšte i zajedničke poslove pokrajinskih organa AP Vojvodine - KOLIKO SE POZNAJEMO? Archived 2010-08-26 at the Wayback Machine
    Prema popisu iz 1921. godine Bunjevaca, Šokaca i Hrvata bilo je oko 140.000 ili oko 9% stanovništva. Na popisu iz 1948. godine 132.948 građana Vojvodine ili 8,2% izjasnilo se kao Hrvati, a po najnovijem popisu tek svaki četrdeseti stanovnik Pokrajine je hrvatske nacionalnosti. Broj Hrvata se smanjuje zbog niskog nataliteta, dobrovoljnog ili nasilnog odlaska iz zemlje tokom devedesetih godina i zbog podele prilikom popisa stanovništva na Hrvate, Bunjevce, Šokce i dobrim delom Jugoslovene onih kojih su se do popisa iz 1971. godine izjašnjavali kao Hrvati.
  2. ^ By the order of Supreme Peoples Liberation Board of Vojvodina from May 14, 1945, Bunjevci and Šokci had to be described as ethnic "Croats" in all official documents, no matter of their self-declaring. [1]
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  5. ^ Klemencic, Matjaz; Klemenčič, Matjaž; Žagar, Mitja (2004). The Former Yugoslavia's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook. ISBN 9781576072943.
  6. ^ Popis stanovništva, domaćinstava i stanova u 2002. - Stanovništvo - knjiga 1 - nacionalna ili etnička pripadnost (podaci po naseljima), Republika Srbija - Republički zavod za statistiku, Beograd, februar 2003.
  7. ^ Popis stanovništva, domaćinstava i stanova u 2002. - Stanovništvo - knjiga 3 - Veroispovest, maternji jezik i nacionalna ili etnička pripadnost prema starosti i polu (podaci po opštinama), Republika Srbija - Republički zavod za statistiku, Beograd, maj 2003.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 24, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ (in Croatian) Globus Online Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Ivan Bašić Palković, President of Bunjevačka matica.
  10. ^ Saša Kicošev - Drago Njegovan, Razvoj etničke i verske strukture Vojvodine, Novi Sad, 2010.