Languages of the Gambia

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The official language of Gambia is English.

Mandingo is spoken by 38% of the population, Fula is spoken by 21.2%, Wolof by 18%, Jola by 4.5%. Several other languages are also spoken. Gambian Sign Language is used by the deaf.

English is the only language used for official purposes and in education.[1]

In 2014, Gambian president Yahya Jammeh announced that the Gambia would drop English as the official language because it is a "colonial relic".[2]


  1. ^ "Republic of the Gambia" (in French). Trésor de la langue française au Québec. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gambia to drop English as 'colonial relic'", Al-Jazeera, 2014-03-13.