List of territorial entities where French is an official language

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  French is the only official language (13 countries)
  French is co-official alongside one or more other languages (16 countries)

As of 2015, there are 29 independent nations where French is an official language. The following is a list of sovereign states and territories where French is an official or de facto language.

Countries where French is an official language of the country[edit]

Nr Country Continent Population (2010)[1][2]
1. Democratic Republic of the Congo Africa 67,827,000
2. France Europe 65,350,000
3. Canada North America 34,207,000
4. Madagascar Africa 21,146,551
5. Cameroon Africa 19,958,692
6. Ivory Coast Africa 21,571,060
7. Burkina Faso Africa 16,287,000
8. Niger Africa 15,891,000
9. Senegal Africa 12,861,259
10. Mali Africa 14,517,029
11. Rwanda Africa 10,277,282
12. Belgium Europe 10,827,951
13. Guinea Africa 10,324,437
14. Chad Africa 11,274,337
15. Haiti North America 10,188,000
16. Burundi Africa 8,519,005
17. Benin Africa 9,212,000
18. Switzerland Europe 7,782,520
19. Togo Africa 6,780,000
20. Central African Republic Africa 4,410,873
21. Republic of the Congo Africa 4,043,318
22. Gabon Africa 1,501,000
23. Comoros Africa 734,750
24. Equatorial Guinea Africa 700,401
25. Djibouti Africa 888,716
26. Luxembourg Europe 506,953
27. Vanuatu Oceania 239,651
28. Seychelles Africa 86,525
29. Monaco Europe 35,407

Dependent entities where French is an official language[edit]

Nr. Entity Continent Population Status
1. French Polynesia Oceania 267,000 Overseas Collectivity of France
2. French Guiana South America 250,109 Overseas Department
3. New Caledonia Oceania 224,824 Overseas Collectivity of France
4. Aosta Valley Europe 128,000 Autonomous Region of Italy
5. Jersey Europe 91,533 British Crown dependency
6. Guernsey Europe 66,000 British Crown dependency
7. Saint-Martin North America 29,376 Overseas Collectivity of France
8. Wallis and Futuna Oceania 16,448 Overseas Collectivity of France
9. Saint-Barthélemy North America 7,492 Overseas Collectivity of France
10. Saint-Pierre and Miquelon North America 7,044 Overseas Collectivity of France
11. French Southern and Antarctic Lands Antarctica, Africa 140 TAAF districts

Sub-national regions located within countries where French is an official national language are not included in this list. The five overseas regions of France (Départements d'Outre-Mer, or DOM): Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, and Réunion, have the same status as metropolitan France and are not listed here. French has a certain legal status in the American state of Louisiana but it's not considered de jure official.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "World Atlas". World Atlas. 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Google Public Data Explorer". World Bank. Retrieved 20 October 2012.