List of most widely spoken languages (by number of countries)

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This is a list of the most widely spoken languages in the world sorted by the number of countries in which the language is spoken. A language has been deemed to be spoken in a country if it is the official language of that country or is spoken traditionally or/and natively as a first language by a majority of that country's inhabitants. The definition of a single language is to some extent arbitrary, and there is no universal agreement on the number of countries in the world, since a number of states have disputed sovereignty status and because the definition of country also to some extent is arbitrary. That means that this list should be seen as tentative. For example, in San Andrés, Colombia, the inhabitants not only speak Spanish but English too.

Rank Language Number of countries Countries
1
English
52
American Samoa (United States), Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda (United Kingdom), Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Cook Islands (New Zealand), Curaçao (Netherlands), Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guam (United States), Guyana, Hong Kong (China), India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Andrés y Providencia (Colombia), Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Netherlands), Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands (United States), Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
2
French
47
Algeria, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Laos, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, New Caledonia (France), Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Vanuatu.
3
Arabic
45
Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
4
Spanish
22
Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (United States), Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela.
5
Portuguese
11
Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Timor-Leste, Goa (India).
6
Italian
8
Italy, Croatia,[1] Malta,[2] Monaco,[3] San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland, Vatican City
7
German
7
Austria, Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy)
7
Tamil
7
India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia (west coast), Singapore, Mauritius, Réunion
7
Russian
7
Belarus, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Transnistria, Ukraine
8
Chinese
6
China, Hong Kong (in the form of Cantonese), Macau (in the form of Cantonese), Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan
8
Dutch
6
Netherlands, Belgium, Aruba, Curacao, Suriname, Sint Maarten
9
Malay/Indonesian
5
Indonesia (known as Indonesian, and Malay is a separate regional language), Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, East Timor (in the form of Indonesian, as working language)
9
Swahili
5
Tanzania, Kenya, DRC, Uganda, Burundi
9
Serbo-Croatian
5
Serbia (as Serbian), Croatia (as Croatian), Montenegro (as Montenegrin), Bosnia and Herzegovina (as Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian), Kosovo (as Serbian)
9
Persian language
5
Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iraq
10
Hindi
3
India, Fiji (as Fiji Hindi), Mauritius
11
Armenian
2
Armenia, Artsakh Republic, Georgia
11
Turkish
2
Turkey, Cyprus
11
Bengali
2
India, Bangladesh
11
Romanian
2
Romania, Moldova
11
Swedish
2
Sweden, Finland
11
Greek
2
Cyprus, Greece
11
Korean
2
North Korea, South Korea
11
Albanian
2
Albania, Kosovo
11
Urdu
2
India, Pakistan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Languages of Croatia. Ethnologue.com
  2. ^ A view of the linguistic situation in Malta. Ignasi Badia i Capdevila
  3. ^ Society in Monaco. monaco-iq.com