Croatia Introduces Cyrillic

News | Vienna Review | February 2013

The Croatian government announced plans to install municipal signs written in both Latin and Cyrillic scripts in the eastern city of Vukovar and its surrounding municipalities.

The decision is a response to constitutional law requiring bi-lingual signs where a minority surpasses 30 per cent of the population.

Vukovar remains a symbolic place as the location of a three-month siege during the Croatian War of Independence, in which hundreds of Croatians were massacred by the Serb-led Yugoslav army. (See "Vukovar Re-visited" in April 2012 TVR)

Although considered the same Serbo-Croatian language, the variant in Serbia has traditionally been written in Cyrillic, and its variant in Croatia in Latin script.

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