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Upper Sorbian
Hornjoserbšćina, Hornjoserbsce
Native toGermany
RegionSaxony, Brandenburg
Native speakers13,000  (2007)e18
Language family
Writing systemLatin (Sorbian alphabet)
Official status
Official language inRegional language in Brandenburg and Saxony. Lost support after the reunification of Germany, with many Sorbian schools closing.[1]
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)
Template:Infobox language/ipa

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.[2]


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named e18.
  2. Council of Europe. "European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages." (PDF) Strasbourg: 4 December 2002. Accessed 2011-05-15.