Upper Sorbian language

language spoken by Sorbs in Germany in the historical province of Upper Lusatia

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.

Upper Sorbian
Hornjoserbšćina, Hornjoserbsce
Native toGermany
RegionSaxony, Brandenburg
Native speakers
13,000 (2007)[1]
Latin (Sorbian alphabet)
Official status
Official language in
Regional 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
ELPUpper Sorbian
Linguasphere53-AAA-bb < 53-AAA-b < 53-AAA-b...-d (varieties: 53-AAA-bba to 53-AAA-bbf)
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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. 1.0 1.1 Upper Sorbian at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Council of Europe. "European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages." (PDF) Strasbourg: 4 December 2002. Accessed 2011-05-15.