Yugoslavia (former) YUGOSLAVIA'S PEOPLES
Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
Figure 7. Ethnic Groups
Figure 8. Principal Languages and Religions
Croatians in native costume
A Canal in Ljubljana
Mostar and the Neretva River
Modern Yugoslavia had its genesis in a nineteenth-century Romantic idea that the South Slavs, chiefly the Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, and Bulgars, should be united in a single independent state. Except for the existence of an independent Bulgaria, the Yugoslavia created after World War I was a virtual realization of this idea. With the creation of the South Slav state, however, the Yugoslavs had to face the fact that besides similar languages, similar ancient ethnic roots, and the shared experience of foreign oppression, they had rather little in common.
Data as of December 1990
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