Study shows Slovenian community in Austria shrinking

The Slovenian community in the Austrian province of Carinthia continues to shrink, according to a study presented by the Austrian public opinion polling institute OGM on 28 March. The use of Slovenian in everyday life is in decline and it is still mainly used at home and in church.

When cross-referencing data from a 2001 census that recorded 12,600 Austrians with a command of Slovenian colloquial language, OGM found that the more "Slovenian" a locality was in 2001, the more its population tended to decrease.

In areas where the share of the Slovenian population had been above...

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