Portuguese speaker

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Map of the Portuguese-speaking world

A Portuguese speaker, sometimes called a Lusophone, is someone who speaks Portuguese either as a native speaker or as a learner. The notion of a Lusophonic community extends to people who are culturally and linguistically linked to Portugal, either historically or by choice. The idea of a Lusosphere is free of ethnic connotation, in that a Lusophone may not have any Portuguese ancestry at all. The Lusophone world is mainly a legacy of the Portuguese empire, although Brazilian and Portuguese diaspora communities have also played a role in spreading the Portuguese language. Even after the collapse of the empire, the corresponding countries continue to exhibit both cultural and political affinities, expressed in the existence of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, created in 1996.

Portuguese-speaking nations[edit]

Country Population (2013 est.)[1]
Brazil Brazil 201,009,622
Mozambique Mozambique 24,096,669
Angola Angola 18,565,269
Portugal Portugal 10,799,270
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 1,660,870
East Timor East Timor 1,172,390
Macau Macau 583,003
Cape Verde Cape Verde 531,046
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 186,817
Total 260,226,956

N.B.: 1. Some linguists argue that Galician, spoken in Galicia, is really just a dialect of Portuguese; this naturally would make northwestern Spain a part of the Portuguese-speaking world, as well. 2. Macau is not a sovereign nation. It is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China.

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  1. ^ "The World Factbook – Field Listing – Population - CIA". Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 

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