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 59 24 16 4 3 12 United States, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Philippines, United Kingdom. See the full list
French 29 21 2 0 5 1 France, DRC, Canada, Madagascar. See the full list
Arabic 26 13 - 13 - - Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia. See the full list
Spanish 21 1 19 - 1 - Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Argentina. See the full list
Portuguese 9 6 1 1 1 - Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique, Angola. See full list
German 6 - - - 6 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland. See full list
Serbo-Croatian 5* - - - 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
Chinese 3* - - 3* - - China, Singapore, Taiwan*
Dutch 3 - 1 - 2 - Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname
Persian 3 - - 3 - - Iran, Afghanistan (known as Dari), Tajikistan (known as Tajik)
Swahili 3 3 - - - - Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda

Several languages are officially used in two countries, these are:

Note
*Asterisks indicate countries whose independence is disputed