1,730,000 in Slovenia (1991 census). Population total all countries: 1,906,630.
Carniola, south Styria and Carinthia; lower Carniola, Dolenjsko; upper Carniola, Gorenjska; West, Primorski; Styria, Stajerski. Also in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, United States.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1991, Constitution, Article 11).
Lower Carniola, Prekmurski, Primorski, Stajerski, Upper Carniola. The literary dialect between the 2 main dialects is based on Dolenjsko. Dialects diverse.