Popular Languages in Each Country of the World

by Charles Channing, Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 5:30 am

(Fun & Cool, Global Marketing, Language & Translation)


The following table below lists the official language(s) of each country/district of the world as well as other major spoken languages and dialects.

 

Popular Languages in Each Country of the World

Popular Languages in Each Country of the World

COUNTRY/DISTRICTOFFICIAL LANGUAGESMAJOR DIALECTS
AfghanistanPashto(Pushto/Pastu), Dari(Afghan PersianKalash, Romani, Uzbek, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkish, Turkmen, Arabic, Brahui, Balochi, Farsi(Persian), Tajik, Domari
AlbaniaAlbanianGreek, Romani, Italian, Macedonian
AlgeriaArabicDomari, French, Arabic
AndorraCatalanFrench, Portuguese, Spanish
AngolaPortugueseBantu, Kikongo, Kimbundu, Kwanyama, Umbundu, Chinese, Hakka, Cantonese
Anguilla (territory of U.K.)English
Antigua and BarbudaEnglish
ArgentinaSpanishGerman, Americas, Ukrainian, Arabic, Cantonese, Hakka, Min Nan, Welsh, Germanic
ArmeniaArmenianRussian, Greek, Kurdish, Domari, Lomavren, Romani
AustraliaEnglishAfrikaans, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Tagalog
AustriaGermanCroatian, Czech, Slovene, Hungarian, Romani
AzerbaijanAzerbaijaniDomari, Lomavren, Russian
BahamasEnglish
BahrainArabicPersian, Bengali, Chittagonian
BangladeshBengali,EnglishKurukh, Sauria Paharia, Assamese, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Chakma, Chittagonian, Domari, Hajong, Mal Paharia, Oriya, Rajbanshi, Rohingya, Romani, Sylheti, Tanchangya, Urdu
BarbadosEnglish
BelarusBelarusian, RussianPolish, Ukrainian, Romani
BelgiumFrench, German, Dutch(Flemish)Romani, Italian, Germanic
BelizeEnglishSpanish
BeninFrenchFon, Yoruba
BhutanDzongkhaAssamese, Awadhi, Nepali
BoliviaAymara, Quechua, Spanish
Bonaire (Netherland Antilles)DutchPapiamento
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnian, Serbian, CroatianRomani
BotswanaEnglish,TswanaIkalanga
BrazilPortugueseSpanish, Polish, Ukrainian, Arabic, Japanese, Ryukyuan, Korean, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Min Nan
Brunei DarussalamMalayCantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Iban, Tagalog, Tausug, Indonesian
BulgariaBulgarianTurkish, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Lomavren, Romani, Romanian, Macedonian, Russian
Burkina FasoFrench
BurundiFrench, Kirundi
CambodiaKhmerAngika, French, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan
CameroonFrench, English
CanadaEnglish, FrenchUkrainian, Arabic, Tamil, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Tagalog, Scottish Gaelic, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Romani, Italian, Portuguese
Cape VerdePortugueseCantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan
Central African RepublicFrenchSangho
ChadFrench, Arabic
ChileSpanishHakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Cantonese
ChinaChineseTajik, Mongolian, Uyghur, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Japanese, Korean, Hakka, Hui, Jin, Jilu Mandarin, Min Nan, Wu, Xiang
ColombiaSpanishSpanish
ComorosFrench, ArabicMalagasy, Comoran
Congo, Democratic Republic ofFrenchLingala, Munukutuba
Congo, Republic ofFrenchKingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba
Costa RicaSpanish
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)French
CroatiaCroatianRomani, Italian, Bosnian, Czech, Serbian, Slovene
CubaSpanishCantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan
CyprusGreek, TurkishArmenian, Romani
Czech RepublicCzechGerman, Romani, Slovak
DenmarkDanishFaroese, Frisian, German, Icelandic, Romani
DjiboutiFrench, Arabic
DominicaEnglishCantonese, Hakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan
Dominican RepublicSpanishCantonese, Hakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan
East Timor (Timor-Leste)Portuguese, Tetum
EcuadorSpanishSpanish
EgyptArabicDomari
El SalvadorSpanishSpanish
Equatorial GuineaFrench, SpanishPortuguese, Frang, Bubi, Ibo
EritreaTigrinya, ArabicItalian, Afar, Amharic
EstoniaEstonianRomani, Russian, Finnish, Swedish
EthiopiaAmharic
FijiEnglishFijian, Gilbertese, Oceania, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Urdu
FinlandFinnish, SwedishRomani, Russian, Sami
FranceFrenchArmenian, Breton, Alsatian, Dutch, German, Romani, Catalan
French PolynesiaFrench
GabonFrenchSpanish
GambiaEnglishMandinka, Wolof, Fula
GeorgiaGeorgianRussian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Mingrelian language, Svan language, Laz language, Domari, Lomavren
GermanyGermanGermanic, Danish, Dutch, Frisian, Low Saxon, Persian, Romani, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Sorbian Lower, Sorbian, Upper, Turkish, Arabic, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan
GhanaEnglishAkan, Mole-Dagbani, Ewe
GreeceGreekRomani, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Turkish, Albanian
GrenadaEnglish
GuamEnglishChamorro
GuatemalaSpanish
GuineaFrenchEach ethnic group has its own language
Guinea-BissauPortugueseCrioulo, African languages
GuyanaEnglishCantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Urdu
HaitiFrenchHaitian-Creole
HondurasSpanishSpanish
HungaryHungarianRomani, Rusyn, Slovene, German, Greek
IcelandIcelandicDanish
IndiaHindi, EnglishPashto, Angika, Assamese, Awadhi, Bengali, Bhili, Bhojpuri, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Chakma, Chhattisgarhi, Dhivehi, Dogri, Domari, Gujarati, Hajong, Halbi, Kashmiri,Khandeshi, Konkani, Kumaoni, Magadhi, Maithili, Mal Paharia, Marathi, Marwari, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Rajbanshi, Rohingya, Romani, Sindhi, Sylheti, Tanchangya, Urdu, French, Portuguese, Badaga, Chenchu, Duruwa, Gondi, Kolami, Koraga, Kota, Koya, Kui, Kumarbhag Paharia, Kurukh, Maria, Nagarchal, Pardhan, Sauria Paharia, Toda, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam,Tulu, Kodava, Ollari , Nihali, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan
IndonesiaIndonesianCantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Iban, Tausug, Acehnese, Balinese, Banjarese, Batak Toba, Buginese, Javanese, Lampung, Madurese, Makassarese, Malay, Minangkabau, Rejang, Sasak
IranFarsi (Persian)Armenian, Balochi, Tajik, Kurdish, Mazandarani, Pashto, Domari, Lomavren, Romani, Italian, Azerbaijani, Arabic, Brahui, Georgian
IraqKurdish, ArabicDomari, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Arabic, Persian
IrelandIrish, EnglishGaelic, Scots, Romani, Cantonese, Chinese, Min Nan, Hakka
IsraelArabic, HebrewEnglish, Domari, Marathi, Russian
ItalyItalianTagalog, Albanian, German, Greek, Bengali, Romani, Catalan, Corsican, French, Romanian, Sicilian, Spanish, Croatian, Slovene, Arabic, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan
JamaicaEnglishCantonese, Hakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan
JapanJapaneseRyukyuan, Korean, Cantonese, Hakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan, Tagalog, Bengali, Portuguese, Spanish
JordanArabicDomari, Russian
KazakhstanKazakh, RussianGerman, Tajik, Domari, Romani,  Ukrainian, Uyghur, Kazakh
KazakhstanKazakh, RussianTajik, Domari, Romani, Russian, Ukrainian, Uyghur
KenyaSwahili, EnglishGujarati
KiribatiEnglishGilbertese, Oceania
Korea, NorthKoreanKorean, Cantonese, Hakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan
Korea, SouthKoreanCantonese, Hakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan, Bengali, Korean
KuwaitArabicTagalog, Bengali, Chittagonian, Domari
KyrgyzstanKyrgyz, RussianTajik, Domari, Romani, Ukrainian, Uzbek
LaosLaoAngika, French, Cantonese, Hakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan
LatviaLatvianLatgalian, Lithuanian, Romani, Russian
LebanonArabicArmenian, English, Domari, French
LesothoEnglish, SesothoZulu
LiberiaEnglish
LibyaArabicDomari
LiechtensteinGerman
LithuaniaLithuanianRomani, Belarusian, Polish, Russian
LuxembourgGerman, French, LuxembourgishItalian, Portuguese
MacedoniaMacedonianAlbanian, Turkish, Serbo-Crotian
MadagascarFrench, Malagasy
MalawiEnglish, Chichewa
MalaysiaMalayTamil, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Coastal Kadazan, Iban, Tagalog, Tausug, Indonesian, English, Angika, Bengali, Rohingya
MaldivesDhivehiEnglish, Bengali
MaliFrenchBambara
MaltaMaltese, EnglishItalian
Marshall IslandsEnglishJapanese, Marshallese, Oceania
MartiniqueFrenchCreole dialects
MauritaniaArabicFrench, Wolof
MauritiusEnglishCreole, Tamil, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, French
MexicoSpanishHakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan, German, Cantonese
MicronesiaEnglishMicronesian, Kosraean, Chuukese, Pohnpeian, Ulithian, Yapese
MoldovaMoldovanRomani, Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Gagauz
MonacoFrenchFrench, Italian, Monegasque
MongoliaMongolianRussian, Kazakh
Montserrat (territory of U.K)English
MontenegroSerbian, AlbanianBosnian, Croatian, Romani
MoroccoArabicDomari, French, Spanish
MozambiquePortuguese
Myanmar (Burma)BurmeseBishnupriya Manipuri, Chittagonian, Rohingya, Tanchangya, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Mon
NamibiaEnglishPortuguese, Germanic, German, Afrikaans
NauruEnglish, NauruanOceania, Gilbertese, Nauruan
NepalNepaliUrdu, Angika, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Maithili, Nepali, Rajbanshi, Urdu
NetherlandsDutchArabic, Cantonese, Hakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan, Afrikaans, Frisian, Low Saxon, Romani
New ZealandEnglishMāori, Niuean, Oceania, Marathi
NicaraguaSpanishHakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan, Spanish, Cantonese
NigerFrenchHausa, Djerma, Fula
NigeriaEnglishHausa, Igbo, Yoruba
NorwayNorwegianSami, Romani
OmanArabicUrdu, Chittagonian, Bengali, Rohingya
PakistanUrdu, EnglishBrahui, Kyrgyz, Sindhi, Romani, Rohingya, Rajasthani, Punjabi, Khowar, Kashmiri, Gujarati, Domari, Dogri, Chittagonian, Bengali, Pashto, Tajik, Persian, Balochi
PalauEnglishPalauan, Oceania, Japanese, Sosorolese, Tobian
PalestineArabicDomari
PanamaSpanishHakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Cantonese
Papua New GuineaEnglishOceania
ParaguaySpanishPortuguese, Guarani
PeruSpanish, Aymara, QuechuaJapanese, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan
PhilippinesEnglish, Filipino (Tagalog)Sindhi, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Cantonese, Japanese, Arabic,Indonesian, Zambal, Waray-Waray, Tausug, Surigaonon, Romblomanon, Pangasinan, Masbatenyo, Maranao, Maguindanao, Kinaray-a, Kapampangan, Kankana-ey, Kamayo, Kalinga, Ivatan, Ilokano, Ifugao, Ibanag, Hiligaynon, Cuyonon, Cebuano, Bolinao, Bikol, Aklanon, Malagasy, Iban, Min Nan, Chinese, Hakka, Taishanese
PolandPolishRomani, Belarusian, Kashubian, Russian, Rusyn, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, German
PortugalPortugueseRomani, Mirandese, Portuguese
QatarArabicPersian, Bengali, Chittagonian, Urdu, Tagalog
RomaniaRomanianTurkish, Crimean Tatar, Turkish, ,Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Hungarian, German, Greek, Romani, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, Ukrainian
RussiaRussianPersian, Tajik, Domari, Lomavren, Romani, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, Kazakh, Turkmen, Tatar, Cantonese, Min Nan, Estonian, Finnish, Sami, Greek
RussiaTurkmen, Tatar, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Estonian, Finnish, Sami, Armenian, Latgalian, German, Greek, Persian, Tajik, Domari, Lomavren, Romani, Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, Azerbaijani, Uzbek, Kazakh
RwandaEnglish, French, Kinyarwanda
Saint Kitts and NevisEnglish
Saint LuciaEnglish
Samoa (Ameirican)English, SamoanOceania
San MarinoItalian
Sao Tome and PrincipePortuguese
Saudi ArabiaArabicBengali, Chittagonian, Rohingya, Urdu, Tagalog
SenegalFrenchWolof, Pulaar, Serer, Diola, Mandingo, Soninke
SerbiaSerbianRomanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Russian, Rusyn, Slovak, Cantonese, Hakka, Albanian, Romani
SeychellesFrench, English, CreoleBhojpuri
Sierra LeoneEnglishBengali
SingaporeMalay, English, Chinese, TamilIndonesian, Malay, Tagalog, Min Nan, Chinese, Hakka, Taishanese, Cantonese, Tamil, Sindhi, Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, English
SlovakiaSlovakCzech, Rusyn, Hungarian, Romani
SloveniaSloveneRomani, Italian, Slovene
Solomon IslandsEnglishOceania, Gilbertese
SomaliaArabic, SomaliItalian, Arabic
South AfricaEnglish, AfrikaansTamil, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Germanic, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Portuguese, Zulu
SpainSpanishArabic, Basque, Cantonese, Hakka, Standard Chinese, Min Nan, Tagalog, Romani, Catalan, Romanian
Sri LankaTamil, SinhaleseEnglish
SudanArabicSami, Nubian, Norwegian, Romani
SurinameDutchMin Nan, Bhojpuri, Cantonese, Hakka, Chinese
SwazilandEnglish, Swazi
SwedenSwedishArabic, Sami, Romani
SwitzerlandGerman, Romani, French, Italian
SyriaArabicArmenian, Greek, Kurdish, Domari, Lomavren, Azerbaijani
TaiwanChineseJapanese, Hakka, Min Nan, Tagalog, Fukien
TajikistanTajikPersian, Domari, , Romani, Russian,Uzbek, Kazakh, Kyrgyz
TanzaniaEnglish, SwahiliGujarati
ThailandThaiEnglish, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Indonesian, Mon, Lao, Rohingya
TogoFrench
TongaTongan, EnglishNiuean, Oceania
TunisiaArabicFrench, Domari
TurkeyTurkishAlbanian, Armenian, Greek, Kurdish, Domari, Romani, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Russian, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Turkmen, Tatar, Crimean Tatar, Arabic, Georgian, Laz language
TurkmenistanTurkmenDomari, Romani, Russian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Brahui, Tajik
TuvaluEnglishTuvaluan, Gilbertese
United Arab EmiratesArabicSindhi, Sylheti, Urdu, Tagalog, Balochi, Persian, Pashto, Bengali, Chittagonian, Marathi, Rohingya
UgandaEnglishGujarati, Luganda, Swahili, Bantu
UkraineUkrainianBulgarian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Gagauz, Crimean Tatar, Hungarian, Greek, Romani
United KingdomEnglishUkrainian, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan, Tagalog, Cornish, Irish, Afrikaans,  Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Chittagonian, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, , Nepali, Punjabi, Sylheti, Urdu, Spanish
United StatesEnglish
UruguaySpanishItalian, Portuguese
UzbekistanUzbekPersian, Tajik, , Domari, Romani, Russian, , Ukrainian, Kazakh
VanuatuBislama, English, FrenchOceania, Gilbertese
Vatican CityItalian, LatinGerman
VenezuelaSpanishItalian, Portuguese
VietnamVietnameseAngika,, Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Chinese, Min Nan
YemenArabic
ZambiaEnglishBemba, Tonga, Lozi
ZimbabweEnglishShona, Ndebele

 

What Languages Matter?

From these Popular Languages in Each Country of the World, we can not only see some important official languages, but also find many widely spread languages in the world although they are not the official languages in many countries.

Such kind of study will help you analyze your target market and help you build the correct multilingual marketing plan in specific countries. (Design your website for the world market

And we can see these are the most widely spread languages in the world: English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Arabic, Russian, Cantonese

You might be interested in reading this article:  What are the Most Important Languages for Global Business

Improve the list

Since languages are changing all the time and the globalization makes the whole world more and more like a village.

It’s not an easy job to keep a comprehensive and accurate list for this topic.

Please let us know if you find anything shall be corrected in this list or some important languages/dialects should be added.

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