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Upper Sorbian
PronunciationIPA: [ˈhɔrnjɔˌsɛrbʃtʃina]
Native toGermany
RegionSaxony, Brandenburg
Native speakers40,000  (date missing)
Language family
Writing systemLatin (Sorbian variant)
Official status
Official language inregional language in Germany (Brandenburg and Saxony)
Language codes
ISO 639-2hsb
ISO 639-3hsb
Linguasphere53-AAA-bb < 53-AAA-b <53-AAA-b...-d (varieties: 53-AAA-bba to 53-AAA-bbf)

Upper Sorbian (Upper Sorbian: Hornjoserbšćina) is a West Slavic language spoken by the Sorb people in Germany. The language is spoken in the province of Upper Lusatia. Today this province is part of Saxony.

There are around 40,000 speakers of Upper Sorbian living in Saxony. Upper Sorbian is a minority language in Germany according to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.[1]


  1. Council of Europe. "European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages." (PDF) Strasbourg: 4 December 2002. Accessed 2011-05-15.