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The Montenegrins of Serbia (Serbian: ? , romanized: Crnogorci u Srbiji) are a national minority in the country. According to the 2011 census, there are 38,527 ethnic Montenegrins in Serbia. They are the sixth largest ethnic community in the Vojvodina province.
The largest concentration of Montenegrins in Vojvodina could be found in the municipalities of Vrbas (24.79%), Mali I?o? (20.83%), and Kula (16.34%). Settlements in Vojvodina with absolute or relative Montenegrin majority are: Lov?enac in the Mali I?o? municipality with 56.86% Montenegrins, Krui? in the Kula municipality with 32.64% Montenegrins, Sivac with 30.06% Montenegrins, and Savino Selo in the Vrbas municipality with 38.20% Montenegrins. Formerly, the village of Ba?ko Dobro Polje in the Vrbas municipality also had a Montenegrin majority (According to the 1971 census, Montenegrins comprised 55.39% of population of this village, while according to the 2002 census, the current population of the village is composed of 57.17% Serbs and 38.18% Montenegrins).
|1991 (excl. Kosovo)||118,934||1.52%|
|2002 (excl. Kosovo)||69,049||0.92%|
|2011 (excl. Kosovo)||38,527||0.5%|
In Vojvodina, the number of Montenegrins, according to 1948-2011 censuses: 1948: 30,589 (1.9%); 1953: 30,516 (1.8%); 1961: 34,782 (1.9%); 1971: 36,416 (1.9%); 1981: 43,304 (2.1%); 1991: 47,289 (2.3%); 2002: 35,513 (1.75%); 2011: 22,141 (1.15%).
Montenegrins in Serbia speak Montenegrin and the vast majority are adherents of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church. The society of Montenegrins in Serbia, known as "Krsta?", is based in Lov?enac. Montenegrin language was recognised as minority language in official use in Mali I?o?.
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