List of territorial entities where French is an official language

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French is an official language in 29 independent nations. The following is a list of sovereign states and territories where French is an official or de facto language.

Countries[edit]

This table shows the populations of the countries, not the number of French speakers.

No. Country Continent Population[1]
1.  DR Congo Africa 89,561,000
2.  France Europe 65,274,000
3.  Canada North America 37,742,000
4.  Madagascar Africa 27,691,000
5.  Cameroon Africa 26,546,000
6.  Ivory Coast Africa 26,378,000
7.  Niger Africa 24,207,000
8.  Burkina Faso Africa 20,903,000
9.  Mali Africa 20,251,000
10.  Senegal Africa 16,744,000
11.  Chad Africa 16,426,000
12.  Guinea Africa 13,133,000
13.  Rwanda Africa 12,952,000
14.  Benin Africa 12,123,000
15.  Burundi Africa 11,891,000
16.  Belgium Europe 11,590,000
17.  Haiti Caribbean 11,403,000
18.  Switzerland Europe 8,655,000
19.  Togo Africa 8,279,000
20.  Congo Africa 5,518,000
21.  Central African Republic Africa 4,830,000
22.  Gabon Africa 2,226,000
23.  Equatorial Guinea Africa 1,403,000
24.  Djibouti Africa 988,000
25.  Comoros Africa 870,000
26.  Luxembourg Europe 626,000
27.  Vanuatu Oceania 307,000
28.  Seychelles Africa 98,000
29.  Monaco Europe 39,000
Total All countries World c. 479 million

Dependent entities[edit]

Nr. Entity Continent Population Status
1.  French Polynesia Oceania 267,000 Overseas Collectivity of France
2.  New Caledonia Oceania 224,824 Collectivity of France with special status
3.  Aosta Valley Europe 128,000 Autonomous Region of Italy
4.  Saint-Martin North America 29,376 Overseas Collectivity of France
5.  Wallis and Futuna Oceania 16,448 Overseas Collectivity of France
6.  Saint-Barthélemy North America 7,492 Overseas Collectivity of France
7.  Saint-Pierre and Miquelon North America 7,044 Overseas Collectivity of France
8.  Clipperton North America 0 Minor territory of France directly held by the government
10.  French Southern and Antarctic Lands Africa and Antartica 0 Overseas Collectivity of France

Note: Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Mayotte are classified as overseas regions of France and are thus not a part of this list.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Google Public Data Explorer". World Bank. Retrieved 16 November 2016.