List of official languages by country and territory

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This is a complete list of the official languages of countries and dependent territories of the world. It includes all languages that have official language status either statewide or in a part of the state, or that have status as a national language, regional language, or minority language.

Definitions[edit]

  • Official language: one designated as having a unique legal status in the state, typically, the language used in a nation's legislative bodies, and often, official government business
  • Regional language: one designated as having official status limited to a specific area, administrative division, or territory of the state (on this page a regional language will have parentheses next to it that contain a region, province, etc. where the language has regional status)
  • Minority language: (as used here) one spoken by a minority population within the state and officially designated as such; typically afforded protection and designated an officially permissible language for legal and government business in a specific area or territory of the state (on this page a minority language will be followed by parentheses that identify its minority status)
  • National language: one that uniquely represents the national identity of a state, nation, and/or country and so designated by a country's government; some are technically minority languages (on this page a national language will be followed by parentheses that identify it as a national language status). Some countries have more than one language with this status

List of countries/dependent territories[edit]

A[edit]

Country Official Language Minority Language National Language Widely Spoken
 Afghanistan [1] Nationwide:

Pashto
Dari
Regional:[2]
Uzbek
Turkmen
Pashai
Nuristani
Balochi
Pamiri

 Albania [3] Albanian Greek (nationwide; official[citation needed] in Himara, Dropull, Finiq, and Derviçan) Italian
 Algeria [4] Arabic

Tamazight

Arabic

Tamazight

French
 Andorra Catalan[5] Spanish

French

Portuguese

 Angola [6] Portuguese Kimbundu

Umbundu

Kikongo

Chokwe

Kwanyama

Ganguela[citation needed]

 Antigua and Barbuda English (de facto official) [7]
 Argentina Spanish (de facto; de jure in Corrientes and Chaco provinces)

Guaraní (co-official in Corrientes Province) [8]

Kom, Moquoit, Wichi (co-official in Chaco Province)[9]

 Armenia Armenian (state language)[10]
 Australia English (de facto official)
 Austria[11][12] German

Croatian (co-official in several areas of Burgenland)

Hungarian (co-official in several areas of Burgenland)

Slovene (co-official in several areas of Carinthia)

Slovene (statewide)

Czech (statewide)

Hungarian (statewide)

Slovak (statewide)

Romani (statewide) Serbian (statewide)

German (state language)
 Azerbaijan Azerbaijani (state language) [13]

B[edit]

Country Official Language Minority Language National Language Widely Spoken
 Bahamas English
 Bahrain Arabic
 Bangladesh Bengali
 Barbados English
 Belarus Belarusian

Russian

 Belgium (Languages of Belgium) [14]

Dutch (in Flanders and Brussels)

French (in Brussels and Wallonia)

German (in the German-speaking community)

 Belize English Spanish (border with Mexico and Guatemala) Kriol (lingua franca)
 Benin French
 Bhutan Dzongkha
 Bolivia[15] Castellano

Araona

Aymara

Baure

Bésiro

Canichana

Cavineñoa

Cayuvava

Chakobo

Chimane

Chiquitano

Ese Ejja

Guaraní

Guarasuawe

Guarayu

Itonama

Leco

Machajuya-Kallaway

Machineri

Maropa

Mojeño-Ignaciano

Majeño-Trinitario

Moré

Mosetén

Movima

Pacawara

Puquina

Quechua

Sirionó

Tacana

Tapieté

Toromona

Uru-Chipaya

Weenhayek

Yaminawa

Yuki

Yuracaré

Zamuco

 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian

Croatian

Serbian

(all de facto) [16]

 Botswana English Tswana
 Brazil German (in Pomerode [17])

East Pomeranian (in Pancas,[18][19] Santa Maria de Jetibá [20][21][22])

Hunsrückisch (in Antônio Carlos, Santa Catarina [23])

Talian (in Serafina Corréa [24])

Nheengatu, Baniwa, Tucano (in Sào Gabriel de Cachoeira, Amazonas) [25][26]

Guaraní (in Tacuru, Mato Grosso do Sul) [27]

Portuguese
 Brunei Malay

English

 Bulgaria Bulgarian
 Burkina Faso French Fula

Jula

More

 Burundi[28][29] Kirundi

French

English

Kirundi Swahili

C[edit]

Country Official Language Regional Language Minority Language National Language
 Cambodia Khmer
 Cameroon English

French

 Canada English (Federal)

French (Federal)

Chipewyan (Northwest Territories)

Cree (Northwest Territories)

Gwich'in (Northwest Territories)

Inuinnaqtun (Northwest Territories and Nunavut)

Inuktitut (Northwest Territories and Nunavut)

Inuvialuktun (Northwest Territories)

North Slavey (Northwest Territories)

South Slavey (Northwest Territories)

Tłı̨chǫ (Northwest Territories)

Chipewyan

Cree

Gwich'in

Inuinnaqtun

Inuktitut

Inuvialuktun

North Slavey

South Slavey

Tłı̨chǫ

 Cape Verde Portuguese Cape Verdean Creole
 Central African Republic French Sango
 Chad Arabic

French

 Chile Spanish (de facto)

Languages of ethnic groups are official in their territories [30]

 China Mandarin (statewide)

Cantonese (de facto)

46 regional official languages

 Colombia Spanish

(Languages of ethnic groups are official in their territories [31])

 Comoros Arabic

Comorian

French

 Democratic Republic of the Congo French Lingala

Kikongo

Swahili

Tshiluba

 Republic of the Congo French Lingala

Munukutuba

 Costa Rica Spanish
 Croatia Croatian (statewide)

Serbian (in some municipalities)

Hungarian (in some municipalities)

Czech (in some municipalities)

Slovak (in some municipalities)

Pannonian Rusyn (in some towns)

Istro-Romanian (protected)

Italian (Istria County) Romani (non-territorial)

Slovene (non-territorial)

 Cuba Spanish
 Cyprus Greek [32]

Turkish [32]

Armenian [33]

Cypriot Arabic [33]

 Czech Republic Czech

Slovak [34]

Belarusian [35]

Bulgarian [35]

Croatian [35]

German [35]

Greek [35]

Hungarian [35]

Polish [35]

Romani [35]

Russian [35]

Rusyn [35]

Serbian [35]

Ukrainian [35]

Vietnamese [35]

D[edit]

Country Official Language Minority Language
 Denmark Danish (statewide)

Faroese (in the Faroe Islands)

Kalaallisut (in Greenland)

German (in Southern Jutland)
 Djibouti Arabic

French

 Dominica English
 Dominican Republic Spanish

E[edit]

Country Official Language Minority Language Working Language
 East Timor Portuguese [36]

Tetum [36]

 Ecuador Spanish

Quechua (official language of intercultural relation) [37]

Kichwa (official minority language) [37]

Shuar (official minority language) [37]

 Egypt Arabic
 El Salvador Spanish
 Equatorial Guinea Spanish

French

Portuguese

 Eritrea Tigrinya Arabic

Tigrinya

 Estonia Estonian
 Ethiopia Amharic Oromo

Somali

Tigrigna

Afar

Sidamo

Kunama

Benshangul

Gumuz

English

Harari

F[edit]

Country Official Language Minority Language National Language
 Fiji English

Fijian

Fiji Hindi

 Finland Finnish

Swedish

Sami (in Enontekiö, Inari, Sodankylä, Utsjoki) Finnish

Swedish

 France French

(Languages of France and language policy in France) [38]

G[edit]

Country Official Language Minority Language National Language
 Gabon French
 Gambia English
 Georgia Georgian
 Germany German [39]

Danish (in Schleswig-Holstein)

Lower Sorbian (in Brandenburg)

North Frisian (in Schleswig-Holstein)

Saterland Frisian (in Lower Saxony)

Upper Sorbian (in Saxony)

German Sign Language

Low German

Danish

Lower Sorbian

North Frisian

Romani [40]

Upper Sorbian

 Ghana English

Adangme (in Greater Accra)

Dagaare (in the Upper West Region)

Dagbani (in the Northern Region)

Ewe (in the Volta Region)

Ga (in the Greater Accra)

Gonja (in the Northern Region)

Kasem (in the Upper East Region)

Nzema (in the Western Region)

Akuapem Twi

Asante Twi

Mfantse

 Greece Greek
 Grenada English
 Guatemala Spanish
 Guinea French Fula

Maninka

Susu

 Guinea-Bissau Portuguese
 Guyana English Guyanese Creole

H[edit]

Country Official Language Minority Language Written language
 Haiti French

Haitian Creole

 Honduras Spanish

Garifuna (on the Caribbean Coast)

English (in the Bay Islands)

Miskito (in Eastern Honduras)

 Hong Kong Cantonese (de facto)

English

Traditional Chinese
 Hungary Hungarian [41] Croatian [42]

German [42]

Romanian [42]

Serbian [42]

Slovak [42]

Slovene [42]

I[edit]

Country Official Language Regional Language Minority Language National Language Optional
 Iceland Icelandic

Icelandic Sign Language

 India Assamese (in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh)

Bengali (in West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Andaman and Nicobar Islands)

Bodo (in Assam)

Chhattisgarhi (in Chhattisgarh)

Dogri (in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab)

English (Central Government, only official language of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh)

Garo (in Meghalaya)

Gujarati (in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Gujarat)

Hindi (Central Government, ten states, and Delhi, Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands)

Kannada (in Karnataka)

Karbi (in Assam)

Kashmiri (in Jammu and Kashmir)

Khasi (in Meghalaya)

Kokborok (in Tripura)

Konkani (in Goa and Karnataka)

Lepcha (in Sikkim)

Maithili (in Bihar and Jharkhand)

Malayalam (in Kerala, Lakshadweep and Puducherry)

Meitei (in Manipur)

Marathi (in Maharashtra, Goa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu)

Mizo (in Mizoram)

Nepali (in Sikkim and West Bengal)

Newari (in Sikkim)

Odia (in Odisha)

Punjabi (in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Chandigarh)

Sanskrit (in Uttarakhand)

Santali (in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha)

Sindhi

Sunwar (in Sikkim)

Tamil (in Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry)

Telugu (in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands)

Urdu (in Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh)

Tulu ( in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada)


Kodava( in Coorg)

Ladakhi( in Ladakh)

Beary Hindi
 Indonesia (Languages of Indonesia)

Indonesian

Indonesian sign languages

Betawi (in Jabodetabek)

Javanese (in Java)

Sundanese (in Java)

English

Arabic

 Iran Persian
 Iraq Arabic (statewide)

Kurdish (possibly statewide)

Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (in Assyrian areas)

Iraqi Turkmen (in Turkmen areas)

Armenian recognized

 Ireland (Languages of Ireland) [43]

English
Irish

Irish
 Israel Hebrew

Arabic [44]

Russian

English

 Italy (Languages of Italy)

Italian

French (co-official in Aosta Valley)

German (co-official in South Tyrol)

Ladin (in South Tyrol)

Slovene (in the Province of Trieste and the Province of Gorizia)

Ladin

Slovene

 Ivory Coast French

J[edit]

Country Official Language National Language
 Jamaica English
 Japan Japanese
 Jordan Arabic

K[edit]

Country Official Language Regional Language National Language
 Kazakhstan Russian Kazakh
 Kenya English Swahili
 Kiribati English Kiribati
 North Korea Korean
 South Korea Korean

Korean Sign Language

 Kosovo Albanian

Serbian

Turkish
 Kuwait Arabic
 Kyrgyzstan Russian Kyrgyz

L[edit]

Country Official Language National Language
 Laos Lao
 Latvia Latvian [45][46]
 Lebanon Arabic Phoenician
 Lesotho English Sotho
 Liberia English
 Libya Arabic
 Liechtenstein German
 Lithuania Lithuanian
 Luxembourg French

German

Luxembourgish

M[edit]

Country Official Language Regional Language National Language Traditional Language
 Macau Cantonese (de facto)

Portuguese

Chinese
 Sovereign Military Order of Malta Maltese

English

 Macedonia Macedonian

(statewide)

Albanian
 Madagascar French

Malagasy

Malagasy
 Malawi English Chichewa
 Malaysia English (official for some purposes) [48] Malaysian [48]
 Maldives Dhivehi
 Mali French

Tamazight (Azawad district)

 Malta English Maltese
 Marshall Islands English Marshallese
 Mauritania Arabic Arabic

Fula

Soninke

Wolof

 Mauritius English French
 Mexico Spanish (de facto)
 Federated States of Micronesia English (statewide except in Kosrae)

Chuukese (in Chuuk)

Kosraean (in Kosrae)

Woleaian

 Moldova Romanian (statewide) Gagauz

Russian

Ukrainian

 Monaco [50] French
 Mongolia Mongolian
 Montenegro Albanian (in Ulcinj)

Croatian (in Tivat)

Serbian (in Herceg Novi)

Bosnian (in the north) Montenegrin Serbian
 Morocco Arabic

Berber

 Mozambique Portuguese
 Myanmar (Burma) Burmese Chin
Kachin
Karen
Karenni
Mon
Rakhine
Shan

N[edit]

Country Official Language Regional Language Minority Language National Language Administrative Language
 Nagorno-Karabakh Armenian
 Namibia [51] English German

Oshiwambo

Afrikaans
 Nauru English

Nauruan

   Nepal Maithili (in Madhesh) Nepali
 Netherlands Dutch (de facto, statewide)

West Frisian (in Friesland)

Papiamento (in Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire)

English (in Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius, Saba)

Limburgish

Low Saxon

 New Zealand Cook Islands Maori (in Cook Islands)

English (de facto, statewide)

Māori (statewide)

New Zealand Sign Language

Niuean (in Niue)

Tokelauan (in Tokelau)

 Nicaragua Spanish
 Niger French Arabic

Hausa

Fulfulde

Gulmancema

Kanuri

Zarma

Tamazight

 Nigeria English Hausa

Yoruba

Igbo

 Northern Cyprus Turkish
 Norway (Languages of Norway)

Norwegian (statewide)

Sami (in Kautokeino, Karasjok, Gáivuotna, Kåfjord, Nesseby, Porsanger, Tana, Tysfjord)

Sami (from Engerdal to Russia) Kven

Scandoromani

Kven

O[edit]

Country Official Language
 Oman Arabic

P[edit]

Country Official Language Regional Language Minority Language National Language Optional
 Pakistan Urdu

English

Major languages such as Punjabi, Balochi, Sindhi, and Pashto have no official recognition

Urdu
 Palau English (statewide)

Palauan (statewide)

Sonsorolese (in Sonsorol)

Tobian (in Hatohobei)

Japanese (in Angaur)

 Palestine Arabic (de facto) Hebrew

English

 Panama Spanish
 Papua New Guinea English

Hiri Motu

Tok Pisin

 Paraguay Spanish

Guaraní

 Peru Spanish

Aymara

Quechua

All native languages where they are spoken by the majority

 Philippines (Languages of the Philippines)

Filipino (statewide)

English (statewide)

Ilokano (in La Union)

Aklanon (in the Visayas)

Bikol (in Luzon)

Cebuano (in the Visayas and Mindanao)

Ibanag (in Luzon)

Ilocano (in Luzon)

Ivatan (in Luzon)

Kapampangan (in Luzon)

Kanaray-a (in the Visayas)

Maranao (in Mindanao)

Maginanao (in Mindanao)

Pangasinan (in Luzon)

Sambal (in Luzon)

Tagalog (in Luzon)

Tausug (in Mindanao)

Waray (in the Visayas)

Yakan (in Mindanao)

Filipino Spanish

Arabic

 Poland Polish Kashubian (Pomeranian Voivodeship) German (Opole Voivodeship)

Lithuanian (Puńsk commune)

Belarusian (Podlaskie Voivodseship)

Czech

Hebrew

Yiddish

Lemko

Karaim

Armenian

Romani

Russian

Slovak

Tatar

Ukrainian

 Portugal (Languages of Portugal)

Portuguese

Mirandese (Miranda do Douro)

Q[edit]

Country Official Language
 Qatar Arabic

R[edit]

 Romania Romanian (statewide) Armenian

German

Hungarian

Romani

Serbian

Slovak

Turkish

Ukrainian

 Russia (Languages of Russia)

Russian (federal)

Abaza (Karachay-Chekess Republic)

Adyghe (Adygea)

Aghul (Dagestan)

Altai (Altai Republic)

Azerbaijani (Dagestan)

Bashkir (Bashkortostan)

Buryat (Buryatia)

Chechen (Chechnya and Dagestan)

Chuvash (Chuvashia)

Crimean Tartar (de facto in Republic of Crimea)

Dargin (Dagestan)

Erzya (Mordovia)

Ingush (Ingushetia)

Kabardian (Kabardino-Balar and Karachay-Cherkessia)

Kalmyk (Kalmykia)

Karachay-Balkar (Kabardino-Balkar and Karachay-Cherkessia)

Khakas (Khakassia)

Komi-Zyrian (Komi Republic)

Kumyk (Dagestan)

Lak (Dagestan)

Lezgian (Dagestan)

Mari (Mari El)

Moksha (Mordovia)

Nogai (Karachay–Cherkessia and Dagestan)

Ossetic (North Ossetia–Alania)

Rutul (Dagestan)

Sakha (Sakha Republic)

Tabasaran (Dagestan)

Tatar (Tatarstan)

Tati (Dagestan)

Tsakhur (Dagestan)

Tuvin (Tuva)

Udmurt (Udmurtia)

Ukrainian

 Rwanda English

French

Kinyarwanda

S[edit]

Country Official Language Regional Language Minority Language National Language Historical
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Tamazight

Arabic

Spanish

 Saint Kitts and Nevis English
 Saint Lucia English
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines English
 Samoa English Samoan
 San Marino Italian
 São Tomé and Príncipe Portuguese
 Saudi Arabia Arabic
 Senegal French Jola-Fogny

Mandinka

Pulaar

Serer

Soninke

Wolof

 Serbia Serbian 15 minority languages
 Seychelles English

French

Seychellois Creole

 Sierra Leone English
 Singapore English

Mandarin

Malay

Tamil

Malay
 Slovakia Slovak

Bulgarian

Czech

Polish

German

Romani

Rusyn Serbian Ukrainian

Hungarian
 Slovenia Slovene (statewide) Hungarian (Dobrovnik, Hodoš, Lendava)

Italian (Izola, Koper, Piran)

Croatian (Metlika, Brežice)

 Solomon Islands English
 Somalia Arabic Somali
 Somaliland Somali

Arabic

English

 South Africa Afrikaans

English

Southern Ndebele

Northern Sotho

Sotho

Swazi

Tsonga

Tswana

Venda

Xhosa

Zulu

 South Sudan English Arabic

Bari

Dinka

Luo

Murle

Nuer

Zande

60 other languages

 Spain Spanish

Catalan (Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Valencia)

Galician (Galicia)

Occitan (Catalonia)

Basque (Basque Country, Navarra)

Astur-Leonese (Asturias)

Aragonese (Aragon)

Fala (Province of Cáceres)

French

Portuguese

 Sri Lanka Sinhala

Tamil

 Sudan Arabic

English

 Suriname Dutch Sranan Tongo
 Swaziland English

Swazi

 Sweden Swedish Finnish (Gällivare, Haparanda, Kiruna, Pajala, Övertorneå

Meänkielji (Gällivare, Haparanda, Kiruna, Pajala, Övertorneå)

Sami (Arjeplog, Gällivare, Jokkmokk, Kiruna)

Romani

Yiddish

  Switzerland German (Aargau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Bern, Fribourg, Glarus, Graubünden, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Saint Gallen, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn, Thurgau, Uri, Valais, Zug, Zürich)

French (Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais, Vaud)

Italian (Ticino, Graubünden)

Romansh (Graubünden)

 Syria Arabic Kurdish

T[edit]

Country Official Language Regional Language National Language Interethnic Communication
 Taiwan Standard Chinese (de facto but not de jure) Taiwanese Hokkien

Hakka

Standard Chinese

Formosan[52]

Hakka[53]

Mandarin

Taiwanese Hokkien

Hakka

 Tajikistan Tajik Russian
 Tanzania English Swahili
 Thailand Thai
 Togo French
 Transnistria Moldovan

Russian

Ukrainian

 Tonga English Tongan
 Trinidad and Tobago English
 Tunisia Arabic
 Turkey Turkish Kurdish
 Turkmenistan Turkmen Russian
 Tuvalu English (de facto) Tuvaluan (de facto)

U[edit]

Country Official Language National Language
 Uganda English

Swahili[54]

 Ukraine Ukrainian
 United Arab Emirates Arabic
 United Kingdom English (de facto but not de jure)

Cornish (in Cornwall) [55]

Irish and Ulster-Scots (in Northern Ireland)

Scots and Scottish Gaelic (in Scotland)

Welsh (in Wales)

Pitcairnese (in Pitcairn Islands)

Guernésiais and French (in Guernsey)

Jèrriais and French (in Jersey)

Manx (in Isle of Man)

 United States (Languages of the United States and English-only movement)

English (de facto but not de jure)

Inupiaq (Alaska)

Siberian Yupik (Alaska)

Central Alaskan Yup'ik (Alaska)

Alutiiq (Alaska)

Unangan (Alaska)

Dena'ina (Alaska)

Deg Xinag (Alaska)

Holikachuk (Alaska)

Koyukon (Alaska)

Upper Kuskokwim (Alaska)

Gwich'in (Alaska)

Tanana (Alaska)

Upper Tanana (Alaska)

Tanacross (Alaska)

Hän (Alaska)

Ahtna (Alaska)

Eyak (Alaska)

Tlingit (Alaska)

Haida (Alaska)

Tsimshian (Alaska)

Hawaiian (Hawaii)

Cherokee (UKB in Oklahoma)

Samoan (American Samoa)

Chamorro (Guam and Northern Mariana Islands)

Carolinian (Northern Mariana Islands)

Spanish (Puerto Rico only; special status in New Mexico, but not official)

French (special status in Louisiana, but not official)

 Uruguay Spanish (de facto)
 Uzbekistan Uzbek

Karakalpak and Uzbek in Karakalpakstan

V[edit]

Country Official Language National Language
 Vanuatu English

French

Bislama
  Vatican City

Italian (de facto)[56] Latin

 Venezuela Spanish[57]
 Vietnam Vietnamese

Y[edit]

Country Official Language
 Yemen Arabic

Z[edit]

Country Official Language
 Zambia English
 Zimbabwe Chewa

Chibarwe

English

Kalanga

Khoisan[58][59]

Nambya

Ndau

Ndebele

Shangani

Shona

Sign language[60]

Sotho

Tonga

Tswana

Venda

Xhosa

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 - 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 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, Southern Thailand
Russian 4 - - 2 2 - Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan
Swahili 4 4 - - - - Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda
Chinese 3* - - 3* - - China, Singapore, Taiwan*
Dutch 3 - 1 - 2 - Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname
Hindustani 3 - - 2 - 1 Fiji,[61] India,[62] Pakistan[63]
Persian 3 - - 3 - - Iran, Afghanistan (known as Dari), Tajikistan (known as Tajik)
Tamil 3 - - 3 - - Sri Lanka, Singapore, India
Quechua 3 - 3 - - - Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador

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

Note
*Asterisks indicate countries whose independence is disputed

See also[edit]

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Constitution of Afghanistan (Chapter 1, Article 16)
  2. ^ The third official language — in addition to Pashto and Dari — in areas where the majority speaks them
  3. ^ Constitution of Albania Archived 25 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine. (Article 14)
  4. ^ Constitution of Algeria (Article 3)
  5. ^ Constitution of Andorra (Article 2)
  6. ^ "Angola". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 
  7. ^ Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda, 1981 (Article 29)
  8. ^ Provincial Law Nº5598
  9. ^ La Cámara de Diputados de la Provincia del Chaco. Sanciona con fuerza de Ley Nro.6604
  10. ^ Constitution of Armenia
  11. ^ Constitution of Austria (Article 8)
  12. ^ Bundesgesetz über die Rechtsstellung der Volksgruppen in Österreich (Volksgruppengesetz – VoGrG)
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  56. ^ As opposed to the official language of the Holy See, Latin. See Languages of Vatican City for details.
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