List of active separatist movements in Europe

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Map of active separatist movements in Europe. Red names indicate regions with movements that only claim greater autonomy within the actual state. Black names indicate regions with important secessionist movements, although both categories include moderate movements. The nations highlighted in colors are the territories claimed by the local nationalist groups, including areas out of the state's borders and cases of annexation to other states (click to enlarge).

This is a list of currently active separatist movements in Europe. Separatism often refers to full political secession,[1][2][3] though separatist movements may seek nothing more than greater autonomy or to be recognise as a national minority.[4]

What is and is not considered an autonomist or secessionist movement is sometimes contentious. Entries on this list must meet three criteria:

  1. They are active movements with active members;
  2. They are seeking greater autonomy or self-determination for a geographic region (as opposed to personal autonomy);
  3. They are the citizen/peoples of the conflict area and do not come from another country.

Under each region listed is one or more of the following:

Various ethnic groups in Europe are seeking greater autonomy or independence. In the European Union (EU), several of these groups are members of the European Free Alliance (EFA). In some cases, the group seeks union with a neighbouring country.


Northern Epirus[5][6]




Further information: Partition of Belgium

 Brussels-Capital Region

 Flemish Region or the Flemish Community (the latter includes Brussels)

German-speaking Community of Belgium

 Walloon Region

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

 Republika Srpska

 Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia



Free State of Fiume Rijeka


Breakaway state:

 Northern Cyprus

Czech Republic[edit]


Czech Silesia


For movements in Greenland, see List of active separatist movements in North America.


 Faroe Islands

European Union[edit]


 United Kingdom




Greater powers

 United Kingdom




Some of the claimed nations and/or regions – 1. Brittany, 2. France proper (excluding Wallonia), 3. Occitania, 4. Lorraine which is sometimes part of France proper, 5. Alsace, 6. Basque Country, 7. Catalonia and 8. Corsica.
Secessionist movements
Gradual and eventual secession
Autonomist movements


Breakaway states:

Flag of Abkhazia.svg


 South Ossetia

Proposed autonomous movements:

Armenia Armenians in Samtskhe-Javakheti

Azerbaijan Borchali Azerbaijanis


Flag of Bavaria (lozengy).svg Bavaria

East Frisia

Flagge franken.svg Franconia[22]






South Tyrol



See: International recognition of Kosovo

Serbia North Kosovo


Latgale flag.JPG Latgale



Breakaway state:


Proposed independent and autonomous movements:





  • Ethnic group: Frisian
    • Proposed autonomous region: Frisia
      • Political party: Frisian National Party, (EFA member)
      • Status: Democratic movement seeking greater autonomy for Frisian-speaking people in Friesland[29]


Upper Silesia


  • Ethnic group: Kashubians
    • Proposed autonomous area: Kashubia
    • An association of people: Kaszëbskô Jednota who want to actively participate in the life of the Kashubian nation and who recognize its right to cultural autonomy and self-identity within the multi-ethnic society.


The geographical distribution of Hungarians in Romania

Russian Federation[edit]

Main article: Secession in Russia

Russia's Black Sea[edit]


Russia's North Caucasus[edit]


Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia



Abazinia in central-north Karachay–Cherkessia

Kumykia in north Dagestan

  • Ethnic group: Kumyks
    • Movement: Tenglik (since 1989)
    • Proposed state: Kumyk Republic (proclaimed but non-recognized in 1991 as autonomy)

Russia's other European regions[edit]

Tatarstan Tatarstan

Udmurtia Udmurtia

Chuvashia Chuvashia

Mari El Mari El

Mordovia Mordovia

Bashkortostan Bashkortostan

Komi Republic Komi Republic


Kalmykia Kalmykia[citation needed]

Rostov Oblast

Krasnodar Krai (Kuban)

North Caucasus near Terek

Kaliningrad Oblast


Vojvodina Vojvodina


Preševo Valley

Breakaway state:

Kosovo Republic of Kosovo


The geographical distribution of Hungarians in Slovakia

Autonomist movements:

  • Political parties: Party of the Hungarian Community,[50] In 2010, the party renewed their demand for autonomy.[51]
    • Goals: Territorial autonomy for the compact Hungarian ethnic block and cultural autonomy for the regions of sporadic Hungarian presence.[52]


Areas in Spain with separatist movements.
The disputed territory of Olivenza.

 Canary Islands (Main article: Canarian nationalism)

 Andalusia (Main article: Andalusian nationalism)


Asturias Asturias (Main article: Asturian nationalism)

Balearic Islands Balearic Islands

Basque Country (autonomous community) Basque Country (autonomous community) (Main article: Basque nationalism)

Cantabria Cantabria

Catalonia Catalonia (Catalan independence)


Galicia (Main article: Galician nationalism)

Bandera del País Leonés.svg

Leonese Country (Main article: Leonesismo)

Bandera de Olivenza.svg

Territory of Olivenza (Olivença) (Main article: Disputed status of Olivenza)



  • Regional group: Genevan
    • Proposed state: La République de Genève" or "Free State of Geneva"

Flag of Canton of Jura.svg Jura[53]

Flag of Canton of Tessin.svg Ticino


Flag of Kurdistan.svg Northern Kurdistan[55]

Flag of Armenia.svg Western Armenia[56]


Breakaway state:

Map of protests by region, indicating severity of the unrest at its peak

 Novorossiya (New Russia)

Disputed status:

 Republic of Crimea

City of Sevastopol

Proposed autonomous regions:

Ukrainian Bessarabia


Subcarpathian Ruthenia

United Kingdom, its territories, and the Crown dependencies[edit]

The United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies and the Republic of Ireland (click to enlarge)

United Kingdom[edit]

Secessionist movements


 Northern Ireland

  • Proposed state: Ulster
  • Militant organisations: Some elements within the Ulster Defence Association
  • Advocacy group: Ulster Third Way (defunct)



United Ireland

Autonomist movements


 Cornwall (possibly including the ScillonianCross.svg Isles of Scilly)

FlagOfWessex.svg Wessex[66]


Northern Isles



Western Isles Council Flag.svg Outer Hebrides

Isle of Man[edit]

Shared sovereignty of Gibraltar between the United Kingdom and Spain[edit]

  • The condominium, with sovereignty shared between the UK and Spain. It was proposed by the Spanish government, rejected by the British government.[75]

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External links[edit]

"Manifest" (PDF), Politiskaprogram [Political program], AX: Ålands framtid, 2011 .