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Sorbs
Flag of Sorbs.svg
Sorbian flag, in Pan-Slavic colors, introduced in 1842
Sorbs national-costume1.jpg
Traditional female costume of Lower Lusatia (Spreewald)
Total population
60,000–80,000 (est.)
• 45–60,000 Upper Sorbs
• 15–20,000 Lower Sorbs
Regions with significant populations
 Germany 60,000–80,000
 Czech Republic 2,000
 Poland fewer than 1,000
Languages
Sorbian (Upper Sorbian, Lower Sorbian), German
Religion
Majority Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism
Related ethnic groups
Other West Slavs
(especially Silesians and Poles)
Stamps of Germany (DDR) 1971, MiNr Zusammendruck 1723-1724
Sorbs in typical Clothing

The Sorbs are Slavic people. They live mostly in Germany and Poland. There are 60,000 Sorbian people in the world. About 25,000 people speak one of the Sorbian languages.

In Germany and Poland Sorbs do not use the old fashioned words "Wends" or "Wendish" to describe themselves. American and Australian communities often prefer to call themselves "Wends" or "Wendish". They think that “Sorb” and “Sorbian” are bad words.

Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian dialects are protected languages in parts of Germany under the European Charter for Minority or Regional Languages

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