Languages of Montenegro


Languages of Montenegro

The Republic of Montenegro has one official language, Montenegrin language from 2007. in 2003, 21.53% of the population of Montenegro declared Montenegrin their native language.

Other non-official languages spoken in Montenegro include Serbian, Albanian, Bosnian and Croatian. However, Albanian is an official language of the municipality of Ulcinj.

Additionally, there are nearly 500 Italians in Montenegro today, concentrated in the Bay of Kotor (the venetian Cattaro) and the coast: they are the descendants of the venetian speaking population of the areas around Cattaro that belonged for many centuries to the Republic of Venice.

The Montenegrin language is written in Latin and Cyrillic alphabets, but there it is a growing political movement that wants to use officially only the Latin alphabet when Montenegro will enter the European Union.

References

*CIA WFB 2006


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