Country ranking for field: languages 1992

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This entry provides a listing of languages spoken in each country and specifies any that are official national or regional languages. When data is available, the languages spoken in each country are broken down according to the percent of the total population speaking each language as a first language. For those countries without available data, languages are listed in rank order based on prevalence, starting with the most-spoken language.

1flag of English widespread Motu spoken in Papua regionEnglish widespread Motu spoken in Papua region715 
2flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands120 indigenous languages; Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca; English spoken by 1-2% of population 
3flag of IranIran58% Persian and Persian dialects 26% Turkic and Turkic dialects 9% Kurdish 2% Luri 1% Baloch 1% Arabic 1% Turkish 2% other 
4flag of AfghanistanAfghanistanPashtu 35% Afghan Persian 
5flag of PeruPeruSpanish and Quechua 
6flag of EnglishEnglishPolynesian tongue closely related to Tongan and Samoan; 
7flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk IslandEnglish 
8flag of North KoreaNorth KoreaKorean 
9flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana IslandsEnglish but Chamorro and Carolinian are also spoken in the home and taught in school 
10flag of NorwayNorwayNorwegian 
11flag of OmanOmanArabic 
12flag of PakistanPakistanUrdu and English 
13flag of PanamaPanamaSpanish 
14flag of ParaguayParaguaySpanish 
15flag of PhilippinesPhilippinesPilipino 
16flag of NigerNigerFrench 
17flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn IslandsEnglish 
18flag of PolandPolandPolish 
19flag of PortugalPortugalPortuguese 
20flag of Puerto RicoPuerto RicoSpanish 
21flag of QatarQatarArabic 
22flag of RomaniaRomaniaRomanian Hungarian German 
23flag of NA%NA%Estonian NA% Latvian NA% Lithuanian NA% Russian NA% other 
24flag of RwandaRwandaKinyarwanda French 
25flag of RéunionRéunionFrench 
26flag of Saint HelenaSaint HelenaEnglish 
27flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and NevisEnglish 
28flag of NigeriaNigeriaEnglish 
29flag of New ZealandNew ZealandEnglish 
30flag of NicaraguaNicaraguaSpanish 
31flag of MayotteMayotteMahorian 
32flag of MacedoniaMacedoniaMacedonian 70% Albanian 21% Turkish 3% Serbo-Croatian 3% other 3%; total population: NA%; male: NA% 
33flag of MadagascarMadagascarFrench and Malagasy 
34flag of MalawiMalawiEnglish and Chichewa 
35flag of MalaysiaMalaysiaPeninsular Malaysia - Malay 
36flag of MaldivesMaldivesDivehi 
37flag of MaliMaliFrench 
38flag of MaltaMaltaMaltese and English 
39flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall IslandsEnglish universally spoken and is the official language; two major Marshallese dialects from Malayo-Polynesian family; Japanese 
40flag of MartiniqueMartiniqueFrench Creole patois 
41flag of MauritaniaMauritaniaHasaniya Arabic 
42flag of MauritiusMauritiusEnglish 
43flag of MexicoMexicoSpanish; various Mayan dialects 
44flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesEnglish some French patois 
45flag of MoldovaMoldovaRomanian; 
46flag of MonacoMonacoFrench 
47flag of MongoliaMongoliaKhalkha Mongol used by over 90% of population; minor languages include Turkic Russian and Chinese 
48flag of MontserratMontserratEnglish 
49flag of MoroccoMoroccoArabic 
50flag of MozambiqueMozambiquePortuguese 
51flag of MyanmarMyanmarBurmese; minority ethnic groups have their own languages 
52flag of NamibiaNamibiaEnglish is official language; Afrikaans is common language of most of population and about 60% of white population German 32% English 7%; several indigenous languages 
53flag of NauruNauruNauruan a distinct Pacific Island language 
54flag of NepalNepalNepali 
55flag of Netherlands AntillesNetherlands AntillesDutch 
56flag of New CaledoniaNew CaledoniaFrench; 28 Melanesian-Polynesian dialects 
57flag of Saint LuciaSaint LuciaEnglish 
58flag of San MarinoSan MarinoItalian 
59flag of Saint-Pierre and MiquelonSaint-Pierre and MiquelonFrench 
60flag of United KingdomUnited KingdomEnglish Welsh 
61flag of TongaTongaTongan English 
62flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and TobagoEnglish 
63flag of TunisiaTunisiaArabic 
64flag of TurkeyTurkeyTurkish 
65flag of TurkmenistanTurkmenistanTurkmen 72% Russian 12% Uzbek 9% other 7% 
66flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos IslandsEnglish 
67flag of TuvaluTuvaluTuvaluan English 
68flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin IslandsEnglish 
69flag of UgandaUgandaEnglish 
70flag of UkraineUkraineUkrainian Russian Romanian Polish 
71flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab EmiratesArabic 
72flag of United StatesUnited Statespredominantly English; sizable Spanish-speaking minority 
73flag of TogoTogoFrench both official and language of commerce; major African languages are Ewe and Mina in the south and Dagomba and Kabye in the north 
74flag of UruguayUruguaySpanish 
75flag of UzbekistanUzbekistanUzbek 85% Russian 5% other 10% 
76flag of VanuatuVanuatuEnglish and French 
77flag of VenezuelaVenezuelaSpanish 
78flag of VietnamVietnamVietnamese 
79flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and FutunaFrench Wallisian 
80flag of West BankWest BankArabic Israeli settlers speak Hebrew English widely understood 
81flag of Western SaharaWestern SaharaHassaniya Arabic Moroccan Arabic 
82flag of Western SamoaWestern SamoaSamoan 
83flag of YemenYemenArabic 
84flag of ZaireZaireFrench 
85flag of ZambiaZambiaEnglish 
86flag of TokelauTokelauTokelauan 
87flag of The NetherlandsThe NetherlandsDutch 
88flag of LuxembourgLuxembourgLuxembourgisch German French; many also speak English 
89flag of Sri LankaSri LankaSinhala 
90flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi ArabiaArabic 
91flag of SenegalSenegalFrench 
92flag of Serbia and MontenegroSerbia and MontenegroSerbo-Croatian 100% 
93flag of SeychellesSeychellesEnglish and French 
94flag of Sierra LeoneSierra LeoneEnglish 
95flag of SingaporeSingaporeChinese Malay Tamil and English 
96flag of SloveniaSloveniaSlovenian 91% Serbo-Croatian 7% other 2% 
97flag of SomaliaSomaliaSomali 
98flag of South AfricaSouth AfricaAfrikaans English 
99flag of South KoreaSouth KoreaKorean; English widely taught in high school 
100flag of Galician 7% Basque 2%Galician 7% Basque 2%Castilian Spanish; second languages include Catalan 17% 
101flag of SudanSudanArabic 
102flag of The GambiaThe GambiaEnglish 
103flag of SurinameSurinameDutch 
104flag of SvalbardSvalbardRussian Norwegian 
105flag of SwazilandSwazilandEnglish and siSwati 
106flag of SwedenSwedenSwedish small Lapp- and Finnish-speaking minorities; immigrants speak native languages 
107flag of Romansch 1% other 4%; Swiss nationals - German 74% French 20% Italian 4%Romansch 1% other 4%; Swiss nationals - German 74% French 20% Italian 4%total population - German 65% French 18% Italian 12% 
108flag of SyriaSyriaArabic 
109flag of São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and PríncipePortuguese 
110flag of TaiwanTaiwanMandarin Chinese 
111flag of TajikistanTajikistanTajik 
112flag of TanzaniaTanzaniaSwahili and English 
113flag of ThailandThailandThai; English is the secondary language of the elite; ethnic and regional dialects 
114flag of The BahamasThe BahamasEnglish; some Creole among Haitian immigrants 
115flag of MacauMacauPortuguese 
116flag of LiechtensteinLiechtensteinGerman 
117flag of LithuaniaLithuaniaLithuanian 
118flag of Cocos IslandsCocos IslandsEnglish 
119flag of BurundiBurundiKirundi and French 
120flag of African wordsAfrican wordsPortuguese and Crioulo a blend of Portuguese and West 
121flag of CambodiaCambodiaKhmer 
122flag of CameroonCameroonEnglish and French 
123flag of CanadaCanadaEnglish and French 
124flag of Cayman IslandsCayman IslandsEnglish 
125flag of Central African RepublicCentral African RepublicFrench 
126flag of ChadChadFrench and Arabic 
127flag of ChileChileSpanish 
128flag of ChinaChinaStandard Chinese 
129flag of Christmas IslandChristmas IslandEnglish 
130flag of ColombiaColombiaSpanish 
131flag of BulgariaBulgariaBulgarian; secondary languages closely correspond to ethnic breakdown 
132flag of ComorosComorosofficial languages are Arabic and French but majority of population speak Comoran a blend of Swahili and Arabic 
133flag of CongoCongoFrench 
134flag of Cook IslandsCook IslandsEnglish 
135flag of Costa RicaCosta RicaSpanish 
136flag of CroatiaCroatiaSerbo-Croatian 96% 
137flag of CubaCubaSpanish 
138flag of CyprusCyprusGreek Turkish English 
139flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'IvoireFrench 
140flag of DenmarkDenmarkDanish Faroese Greenlandic 
141flag of DjiboutiDjiboutiFrench and Arabic 
142flag of DominicaDominicaEnglish 
143flag of Dominican RepublicDominican RepublicSpanish 
144flag of Burkina FasoBurkina FasoFrench 
145flag of BruneiBruneiMalay 
146flag of EgyptEgyptArabic 
147flag of AzerbaijanAzerbaijanAzeri 82% Russian 7% Armenian 5% other 6% 
148flag of AlgeriaAlgeriaArabic 
149flag of American SamoaAmerican SamoaSamoan 
150flag of AndorraAndorraCatalan 
151flag of AngolaAngolaPortuguese 
152flag of AnguillaAnguillaEnglish 
153flag of Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and BarbudaEnglish 
154flag of ArgentinaArgentinaSpanish 
155flag of ArmeniaArmeniaArmenian 93% Russian 2% other 5% 
156flag of ArubaArubaDutch 
157flag of AustraliaAustraliaEnglish native languages 
158flag of AustriaAustriaGerman 
159flag of BahrainBahrainArabic 
160flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin IslandsEnglish 
161flag of BangladeshBangladeshBangla 
162flag of BarbadosBarbadosEnglish 
163flag of BelarusBelarusByelorussian NA% Russian NA% other NA% 
164flag of BelgiumBelgiumFlemish 
165flag of BelizeBelizeEnglish 
166flag of BeninBeninFrench 
167flag of BermudaBermudaEnglish 
168flag of BhutanBhutanBhotes speak various Tibetan dialects - most widely spoken dialect is Dzongkha 
169flag of BoliviaBoliviaSpanish Quechua and Aymara 
170flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaSerbo-Croatian 99% 
171flag of BotswanaBotswanaEnglish 
172flag of BrazilBrazilPortuguese 
173flag of EcuadorEcuadorSpanish 
174flag of El SalvadorEl SalvadorSpanish Nahua 
175flag of AlbaniaAlbaniaAlbanian 
176flag of JapanJapanJapanese 
177flag of Hong KongHong KongChinese 
178flag of HungaryHungaryHungarian 98.2% other 1 
179flag of IcelandIcelandIcelandic 
180flag of IndiaIndia0 
181flag of IndonesiaIndonesiaBahasa Indonesia 
182flag of IraqIraqArabic 
183flag of IrelandIrelandIrish 
184flag of Isle of ManIsle of ManEnglish Manx Gaelic 
185flag of IsraelIsraelHebrew 
186flag of ItalyItalyItalian; parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking; small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region; Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area 
187flag of JamaicaJamaicaEnglish Creole 
188flag of JerseyJerseyEnglish and French 
189flag of Holy SeeHoly SeeItalian Latin and various other languages 
190flag of JordanJordanArabic 
191flag of KazakhstanKazakhstanKazakh 
192flag of KenyaKenyaEnglish and Swahili 
193flag of KiribatiKiribatiEnglish 
194flag of KuwaitKuwaitArabic 
195flag of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstanKirghiz 
196flag of LaosLaosLao 
197flag of LatviaLatviaLatvian NA% 
198flag of LebanonLebanonArabic and French 
199flag of LesothoLesothoSesotho 
200flag of LiberiaLiberiaEnglish 
201flag of LibyaLibyaArabic; Italian and English widely understood in major cities 
202flag of HondurasHondurasSpanish Indian dialects 
203flag of HaitiHaitiFrench 
204flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial GuineaSpanish 
205flag of Gaza StripGaza StripArabic Israeli settlers speak Hebrew; English widely understood 
206flag of EstoniaEstoniaEstonian NA% 
207flag of EthiopiaEthiopiaAmharic 
208flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland IslandsEnglish 
209flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe IslandsFaroese 
210flag of Yapese and KosreanYapese and KosreanEnglish is the official and common language; most indigenous languages fall within the Austronesian language family the exceptions are the Polynesian languages; major indigenous languages are Trukese Pohnpeian 
211flag of FijiFijiEnglish 
212flag of FinlandFinlandFinnish 93.5% Swedish 
213flag of FranceFranceFrench 
214flag of French GuianaFrench GuianaFrench 
215flag of French PolynesiaFrench PolynesiaFrench and Tahitian 
216flag of GabonGabonFrench 
217flag of GeorgiaGeorgiaGeorgian 
218flag of GuyanaGuyanaEnglish Amerindian dialects 
219flag of GermanyGermanyGerman 
220flag of GhanaGhanaEnglish 
221flag of Portuguese and Russian also spoken; English used in the schools and for official purposesPortuguese and Russian also spoken; English used in the schools and for official purposesEnglish and Spanish are primary languages; Italian 
222flag of GreeceGreeceGreek 
223flag of GreenlandGreenlandEskimo dialects Danish 
224flag of GrenadaGrenadaEnglish 
225flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupeFrench creole patois 
226flag of GuamGuamEnglish and Chamorro most residents bilingual; Japanese also widely spoken 
227flag of GuatemalaGuatemalaSpanish but over 40% of the population speaks an Indian language as a primary tongue 
228flag of GuernseyGuernseyEnglish French; Norman-French dialect spoken in country districts 
229flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-BissauPortuguese 
230flag of GuineaGuineaFrench 
231flag of ZimbabweZimbabweEnglish 

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