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
 East Timor member 2002 Portuguese and Tetum Asia/Oceania 1,172,390
 Equatorial Guinea member 2014 Portuguese, Spanish and French Africa 1,014,999


Country Status Year joined Official language(s) Continent Population
 Mauritius associate observer 2006 English Africa 1,264,866
 Senegal associate observer 2008 French Africa 11,658,000
 Georgia associate observer 2014 Georgian Asia/Europe 4,935,880
 Japan associate observer 2014 Japanese Asia 126,434,964
 Namibia associate observer 2014 English Africa 2,113,077
 Turkey associate observer 2014 Turkish Asia/Europe 83,154,997
 Czech Republic associate observer 2016 Czech Europe 10,610,947
 Hungary associate observer 2016 Hungarian Europe 9,797,561
 Slovakia associate observer 2016 Slovak Europe 5,435,343
 Uruguay associate observer 2016 Spanish South America 3,444,006
 Andorra associate observer 2018 Catalan Europe 76 965
 Argentina associate observer 2018 Spanish South America 44 494 502
 Chile associate observer 2018 Spanish South America 17 574 003
 France associate observer 2018 French Europe 67 186 638
 Italy associate observer 2018 Italian Europe 60 497 174
 Luxembourg associate observer 2018 Luxembourgish, German and French Europe 602 005
 United Kingdom associate observer 2018 English Europe 66 040 229
 Serbia associate observer 2018 Serbian Europe 7 040 272

Officially interested countries and territories[edit]

Country/Territory Interested Status Official language Continent Population Reference Possible date of discussion Notes
 Morocco associate member Amazigh and Arabic Africa 33,757,175 [2] 2010 – VIII CPLP Summit – Angola Luanda Some areas of Morocco colonized by Portugal, proximity to the Madeira Autonomous Region of Madeira.
 Philippines associate member Filipino and English Asia 90,500,000 [2] 2010 – VIII CPLP Summit – Angola Luanda Historical ties to the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan
Venezuela Venezuela associate member Spanish South America 26,814,843 [3] 2012 – IX CPLP Summit Large number of Portuguese expats
 Croatia associate member Croatian Europe 4,453,500 [3] 2012 – IX CPLP Summit ?
 Romania associate member Romanian Europe 22,246,862 [3] 2012 – IX CPLP Summit Has migratory fluxes with Portugal[3]
 Ukraine associate member Ukrainian Europe 46,372,700 [3] 2012 – IX CPLP Summit Has migratory fluxes with Portugal
Indonesia Indonesia associate member Indonesian Asia 237,512,352 [4] In negotiations Portugal was the major colonial power until Dutch hegemony. Occupied East Timor from 1975–2002.
 Eswatini associate member English and Siwati Africa 1,185,000 [5] In negotiations Shares a border with Mozambique with which it has economic ties
 Australia associate member English Oceania 22,420,039 [5] In negotiations Discovered by Portuguese navigators. Has a large community of Portuguese, Brazilian and East Timorese expats
 Luxembourg associate member Luxembourgish, German and French Europe 502,202 [5] 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 [4] Pending Spanish government approval Cultural and linguistic ties with Portugal
 Macau member Portuguese and Chinese (Cantonese) Asia 520,400 [6] 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 [4] 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 [4] Pending Indian Government approval Former Portuguese colony. Has a Portuguese-speaking minority
United States United States associate observer English North America 327,167,434 [7] Pending American Government approval The US has a large concentration of Lusophone communities, including mainly Brazilians, Portuguese and Cape Verdeans. Together they bring together approximately 1 million people who live in the country and have Portuguese as their native language.[8]


  1. ^ "Official Website". Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
  2. ^ a b "XXII Governo - República Portuguesa". (in Portuguese).
  3. ^ a b c d e "Venezuela, Ucrânia e Croácia querem ser da CPLP". DN Online (in Portuguese). 2008-07-16. Archived from the original on 2008-10-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d "CPLP: Galiza com estatuto de observador associado só com "sim" de Madrid". Notícias Lusa - Sapo Notícias (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-01-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "Estados Unidos apresentaram pedido para serem observador associado da CPLP". Mundo Lusíada (in Portuguese). 2019-09-19.
  8. ^ "EUA solicitam entrada na Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa". (in Portuguese). 2019-09-26.