Member states of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries

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The Community of Portuguese Language Countries has nine member states.[1] All have the Portuguese language as official language, and only East Timor and Equatorial Guinea have a second official language.

In 2005, CPLP Council of Ministers meeting in Luanda adopted the status of associate observer for non-member states to promote better international co-operation to reach the Community's objectives and 3 states were subsequently admitted.


Country Status Year joined Official language(s) Continent Population
 Portugal member 1996 Portuguese Europe 10,617,575
 Brazil member 1996 Portuguese South America 202,656,788
 Angola member 1996 Portuguese Africa 15,941,000
 Mozambique member 1996 Portuguese Africa 21,397,000
 Cape Verde member 1996 Portuguese Africa 499,796
 Guinea-Bissau member 1996 Portuguese Africa 1,586,000
 São Tomé and Príncipe member 1996 Portuguese Africa 157,000
 Timor-Leste member 2002 Portuguese and Tetum Asia 1,172,390
 Equatorial Guinea member 2014 Portuguese, Spanish and French Africa 1,014,999
 Mauritius associate observer 2006 English Africa 1,264,866
 Senegal associate observer 2008 French Africa 11,658,000
 Georgia associate observer 2014 Georgian Europe 4,935,880
 Japan associate observer 2014 Japanese Asia 126,434,964
 Namibia associate observer 2014 English and various African languages Africa 2,113,077
 Turkey associate observer 2014 Turkish Europe 76,667,864

Officially interested countries and territories[edit]

Country/Region Interested Status Official language Continent Population Reference Possible date of discussion Notes
 Andorra associate member Catalan Europe 71,822 [2] 2010 – VIII CPLP Summit – Angola Luanda More than 15% of Andorra's population is made of Portuguese expats
 Morocco associate member Arabic Africa 33,757,175 [3] 2010 – VIII CPLP Summit – Angola Luanda Some areas of Morocco colonized by Portugal, proximity to Madeira Madeira Islands
 Philippines associate member Filipino and English Asia 90,500,000 [4] 2010 – VIII CPLP Summit – Angola Luanda Historical ties to the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan
Venezuela Venezuela associate member Spanish South America 26,814,843 [5] 2012 – IX CPLP Summit Large number of Portuguese expats
 Croatia associate member Croatian Europe 4,453,500 [6] 2012 – IX CPLP Summit  ?
 Romania associate member Romanian Europe 22,246,862 [7] 2012 – IX CPLP Summit Has migratory fluxes with Portugal[8]
 Ukraine associate member Ukrainian Europe 46,372,700 [9] 2012 – IX CPLP Summit Has migratory fluxes with Portugal
Indonesia Indonesia associate member Indonesian Asia 237,512,352 [10] In negotiations Portugal was the major colonial power until Dutch hegemony. Occupied East Timor from 1975–2002.
 Swaziland associate member English and Siwati Africa 1,185,000 [11] In negotiations Shares a border with Mozambique with which it has economic ties
 Australia associate member English Oceania 22,420,039 [12] In negotiations Discovered by Portuguese navigators. Has a large community of Portuguese, Brazilian and Timorese expats
 Luxembourg associate member Luxembourgish, German and French Europe 502,202 [13] In negotiations In 2001 census, there were 58,657 inhabitants with Portuguese nationality in Luxembourg (11,7%)
Galicia (Spain) Galicia member Galician and Spanish Europe 2,783,100 [14] Pending Spanish government approval Cultural and linguistic ties with Portugal
 Macau member Portuguese and Chinese (Cantonese) Asia 520,400 [15] Pending Macanese Government approval Chinese territory formerly under Portuguese administration and a small minority population is Portuguese
Malacca Malacca associate member Malay Asia 733,000 [16] Pending Malaysian Government approval Portuguese colony for more than a century, small minority population of Portuguese descent
India Goa associate member Konkani Asia 1,400,000 [17] Pending Indian Government approval Former Portuguese colony. Has a Portuguese-speaking minority