List of languages by the number of countries in which they are recognized as an official language

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This is a ranking of languages by number of sovereign countries in which they are de jure or de facto official.

Language World Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Countries
English 58 24 15 4 4 12 United Kingdom, Nigeria, Philippines, Bangladesh, India. (See the full list) *
French 29 21 2 - 5 1 France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Madagascar, Monaco, Haiti. (See the full list)
Arabic 26 13 - 13 - - Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia. (See the full list)
Spanish 20 1 18 - 1 - Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina. (See the full list)
Portuguese 10 6 1 1 1 1 Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola. (See the full list)
German 6 - - - 6 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein
Swahili 5 5 - - - - Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Serbo-Croatian 4-5* - - - 4-5* - Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo*
Italian 4 - - - 4 - Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City
Malay based 4 - - 4 - - Indonesia (known as Indonesian), Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei
Russian 4 - - 2 2 - Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan
Albanian 3 - - - 3 - Albania, Kosovo*, North Macedonia
Dutch 3 - 1 - 2 - Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname
Persian 3 - - 3 - - Iran, Afghanistan (known as Dari), Tajikistan (known as Tajik)
Quechua 3 - 3 - - - Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador
Tamil 3 - - 3 - - Sri Lanka, Singapore, India
Sotho 3 3 - - - - South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe
Hindustani 3 - - 2 - 1 Fiji, India (known asHindi), Pakistan (known as

Urdu)

Chinese 2-3* - - 2-3* - - China, Singapore, Taiwan*

- English is the most widely spoken language in the United States, but, officially, the United States has no official language on the federal level

Several other languages are officially used in two or three countries: these are:

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