Serbs of Slovakia

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Serbs of Slovakia
Коморанске шајке 1597.jpg
Serbs in Komarno (1597)
Total population
5,000 (estimate) [1]
Regions with significant populations
Coat of arms of Komárno.png Komárno
Coat of Arms of Bratislava.svg Bratislava
Religion
Serbian Orthodox
Related ethnic groups
other South Slavic people

There is a small number of Serbs in Slovakia, mostly located in the southern town of Komárno, where they have been living since the 17th century.[2] There has also been a historic minority in Bratislava (Požun), where many Habsburg Serbs have studied in a university. Their number today is hard to determine but nevertheless they are recognized as an official minority in this country.[3]

One notable Slovak of Serb origin is ice hockey player Branko Radivojevič.

History[edit]

The Šajkaši were the oldest Serb community in Slovakia, who in the Middle Ages century settled Gornja Zemlja.

István I ennobled the Šajkaši in southern regions of the Kingdom of Hungary, and Béla IV further gave the Serbs of Komárno vassalage.

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