13,300 in Germany (Salminen 2007). 20,000–30,000 total Sorbian, one-third in lower Lusatia and two-thirds in upper Lusatia (Salminen 2007). Population total all countries: 13,490. Ethnic population: 45,000.
East, Upper Saxony State, Bautzen (Budysin), and Kamenz. Also in United States.
Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian are 2 standard languages. Authorized in local government and schools. Increasing literature production. Now accepted as a minority language. 40,000–45,000 others have some knowledge of it. Mostly older adults. Most monolinguals are very young (Stephens 1976). Most also use Standard German [deu].
Sorbian has lost much of its former public support after the unification of Germany. Many Sorbian schools have been closed (2007).