Country ranking for field: languages 2000

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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 CameroonCameroon24 
2flag of South AfricaSouth Africa11 official languages including Afrikaans English Ndebele Pedi Sotho Swazi Tsonga Tswana Venda Xhosa Zulu 
3flag of AfghanistanAfghanistanPashtu 35% Afghan Persian 
4flag of PeruPeruSpanish 
5flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk IslandEnglish 
6flag of North KoreaNorth KoreaKorean 
7flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana IslandsEnglish Chamorro Carolinian 
8flag of NorwayNorwayNorwegian 
9flag of OmanOmanArabic 
10flag of PakistanPakistanPunjabi 48% Sindhi 12% Siraiki 
11flag of PalauPalauEnglish and Palauan official in all states except Sonsoral 
12flag of PanamaPanamaSpanish 
13flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New GuineaEnglish spoken by 1%-2% pidgin English widespread Motu spoken in Papua region 
14flag of ParaguayParaguaySpanish 
15flag of PhilippinesPhilippinestwo official languages - Filipino 
16flag of NigeriaNigeriaEnglish 
17flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn IslandsEnglish 
18flag of PolandPolandPolish 
19flag of PortugalPortugalPortuguese 
20flag of Puerto RicoPuerto RicoSpanish English 
21flag of QatarQatarArabic 
22flag of RomaniaRomaniaRomanian Hungarian German 
23flag of RussiaRussiaRussian other 
24flag of RwandaRwandaKinyarwanda 
25flag of RéunionRéunionFrench 
26flag of Saint HelenaSaint HelenaEnglish 
27flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and NevisEnglish 
28flag of NiueNiuePolynesian closely related to Tongan and Samoan English 
29flag of NigerNigerFrench 
30flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesEnglish French patois 
31flag of MayotteMayotteMahorian 
32flag of MacauMacauPortuguese Chinese 
33flag of MacedoniaMacedoniaMacedonian 70% Albanian 21% Turkish 3% Serbo-Croatian 3% other 3% 
34flag of MadagascarMadagascarFrench 
35flag of MalawiMalawiEnglish 
36flag of MalaysiaMalaysiaBahasa Melayu 
37flag of MaldivesMaldivesMaldivian Dhivehi 
38flag of MaliMaliFrench 
39flag of MaltaMaltaMaltese 
40flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall IslandsEnglish 
41flag of MartiniqueMartiniqueFrench Creole patois 
42flag of MauritaniaMauritaniaHasaniya Arabic 
43flag of MauritiusMauritiusEnglish 
44flag of MexicoMexicoSpanish various Mayan Nahuatl and other regional indigenous languages 
45flag of New ZealandNew ZealandEnglish 
46flag of MoldovaMoldovaMoldovan 
47flag of MonacoMonacoFrench 
48flag of MongoliaMongoliaKhalkha Mongol 90% Turkic Russian 
49flag of MontserratMontserratEnglish 
50flag of MoroccoMoroccoArabic 
51flag of MozambiqueMozambiquePortuguese 
52flag of MyanmarMyanmarBurmese minority ethnic groups have their own languages 
53flag of NamibiaNamibiaEnglish 7% 
54flag of NauruNauruNauruan 
55flag of NepalNepalNepali 
56flag of Netherlands AntillesNetherlands AntillesDutch 
57flag of New CaledoniaNew CaledoniaFrench 
58flag of Saint LuciaSaint LuciaEnglish 
59flag of SamoaSamoaSamoan 
60flag of Saint-Pierre and MiquelonSaint-Pierre and MiquelonFrench 
61flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab EmiratesArabic 
62flag of TokelauTokelauTokelauan 
63flag of TongaTongaTongan English 
64flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and TobagoEnglish 
65flag of TunisiaTunisiaArabic 
66flag of TurkeyTurkeyTurkish 
67flag of TurkmenistanTurkmenistanTurkmen 72% Russian 12% Uzbek 9% other 7% 
68flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos IslandsEnglish 
69flag of TuvaluTuvaluTuvaluan English 
70flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin IslandsEnglish 
71flag of UgandaUgandaEnglish 
72flag of UkraineUkraineUkrainian Russian Romanian Polish Hungarian 
73flag of United KingdomUnited KingdomEnglish Welsh 
74flag of The NetherlandsThe NetherlandsDutch 
75flag of United StatesUnited StatesEnglish Spanish 
76flag of UruguayUruguaySpanish Portunol or Brazilero 
77flag of UzbekistanUzbekistanUzbek 74.3% Russian 14 
78flag of VanuatuVanuatuEnglish 
79flag of VenezuelaVenezuelaSpanish 
80flag of VietnamVietnamVietnamese 
81flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and FutunaFrench Wallisian 
82flag of West BankWest BankArabic Hebrew 
83flag of Western SaharaWestern SaharaHassaniya Arabic Moroccan Arabic 
84flag of YemenYemenArabic 
85flag of ZambiaZambiaEnglish 
86flag of TogoTogoFrench 
87flag of The GambiaThe GambiaEnglish 
88flag of LithuaniaLithuaniaLithuanian 
89flag of South KoreaSouth KoreaKorean English widely taught in junior high and high school 
90flag of San MarinoSan MarinoItalian 
91flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi ArabiaArabic 
92flag of SenegalSenegalFrench 
93flag of Serbia and MontenegroSerbia and MontenegroSerbian 95% Albanian 5% 
94flag of SeychellesSeychellesEnglish 
95flag of Sierra LeoneSierra LeoneEnglish 
96flag of SingaporeSingaporeChinese 
97flag of SlovakiaSlovakiaSlovak 
98flag of SloveniaSloveniaSlovenian 91% Serbo-Croatian 6% other 3% 
99flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon IslandsMelanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca English spoken by 1%-2% of population 
100flag of SomaliaSomaliaSomali 
101flag of SpainSpainCastilian Spanish 
102flag of The BahamasThe BahamasEnglish Creole 
103flag of Sri LankaSri LankaSinhala 
104flag of SurinameSurinameDutch 
105flag of SvalbardSvalbardRussian Norwegian 
106flag of SwazilandSwazilandEnglish 
107flag of SwedenSwedenSwedish 
108flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerlandGerman 
109flag of SyriaSyriaArabic 
110flag of São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and PríncipePortuguese 
111flag of TaiwanTaiwanMandarin Chinese 
112flag of TajikistanTajikistanTajik 
113flag of TanzaniaTanzaniaKiswahili or Swahili 
114flag of ThailandThailandThai English 
115flag of LuxembourgLuxembourgLuxembourgian German French English 
116flag of LibyaLibyaArabic Italian English all are widely understood in the major cities 
117flag of LiechtensteinLiechtensteinGerman 
118flag of ColombiaColombiaSpanish 
119flag of BurundiBurundiKirundi 
120flag of Cabo VerdeCabo VerdePortuguese Crioulo 
121flag of CambodiaCambodiaKhmer 
122flag of CanadaCanadaEnglish 59.3% 
123flag of Cayman IslandsCayman IslandsEnglish 
124flag of Central African RepublicCentral African RepublicFrench 
125flag of ChadChadFrench 
126flag of ChileChileSpanish 
127flag of ChinaChinaStandard Chinese or Mandarin 
128flag of Christmas IslandChristmas IslandEnglish Chinese Malay 
129flag of Cocos IslandsCocos IslandsEnglish Malay 
130flag of ComorosComorosArabic 
131flag of BulgariaBulgariaBulgarian secondary languages closely correspond to ethnic breakdown 
132flag of CongoCongoFrench 
133flag of Cook IslandsCook IslandsEnglish 
134flag of Costa RicaCosta RicaSpanish 
135flag of CroatiaCroatiaCroatian 96% other 4% 
136flag of CubaCubaSpanish 
137flag of CyprusCyprusGreek Turkish English 
138flag of Czech RepublicCzech RepublicCzech 
139flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'IvoireFrench 
140flag of Democratic Republic of the CongoDemocratic Republic of the CongoFrench 
141flag of DenmarkDenmarkDanish Faroese Greenlandic 
142flag of DjiboutiDjiboutiFrench 
143flag of DominicaDominicaEnglish 
144flag of Burkina FasoBurkina FasoFrench 
145flag of BruneiBruneiMalay 
146flag of EcuadorEcuadorSpanish 
147flag of AzerbaijanAzerbaijanAzeri 89% Russian 3% Armenian 2% 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 96% Russian 2% other 2% 
156flag of ArubaArubaDutch 
157flag of AustraliaAustraliaEnglish native languages 
158flag of AustriaAustriaGerman 
159flag of BahrainBahrainArabic English Farsi Urdu 
160flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin IslandsEnglish 
161flag of BangladeshBangladeshBangla 
162flag of BarbadosBarbadosEnglish 
163flag of BelarusBelarusByelorussian Russian other 
164flag of BelgiumBelgiumDutch 58% French 32% German 10% legally bilingual 
165flag of BelizeBelizeEnglish 
166flag of BeninBeninFrench 
167flag of BermudaBermudaEnglish 
168flag of BhutanBhutanDzongkha 
169flag of BoliviaBoliviaSpanish 
170flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and HerzegovinaCroatian Serbian Bosnian 
171flag of BotswanaBotswanaEnglish 
172flag of BrazilBrazilPortuguese 
173flag of Dominican RepublicDominican RepublicSpanish 
174flag of EgyptEgyptArabic 
175flag of AlbaniaAlbaniaAlbanian 
176flag of JamaicaJamaicaEnglish Creole 
177flag of Holy SeeHoly SeeItalian Latin various other languages 
178flag of HondurasHondurasSpanish Amerindian dialects 
179flag of Hong KongHong KongChinese 
180flag of HungaryHungaryHungarian 98.2% other 1 
181flag of IcelandIcelandIcelandic 
182flag of IndonesiaIndonesiaBahasa Indonesia 
183flag of IranIranPersian and Persian dialects 58% Turkic and Turkic dialects 26% Kurdish 9% Luri 2% Balochi 1% Arabic 1% Turkish 1% other 2% 
184flag of IrelandIrelandEnglish is the language generally used Irish 
185flag of Isle of ManIsle of ManEnglish Manx Gaelic 
186flag of IsraelIsraelHebrew 
187flag of ItalyItalyItalian 
188flag of JapanJapanJapanese 
189flag of GuyanaGuyanaEnglish Amerindian dialects Creole Hindi Urdu 
190flag of JerseyJerseyEnglish 
191flag of JordanJordanArabic 
192flag of KazakhstanKazakhstanKazakh 
193flag of KenyaKenyaEnglish 
194flag of KiribatiKiribatiEnglish 
195flag of KuwaitKuwaitArabic 
196flag of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstanKirghiz 
197flag of LaosLaosLao 
198flag of LatviaLatviaLatvian or Lettish 
199flag of LebanonLebanonArabic 
200flag of LesothoLesothoSesotho 
201flag of LiberiaLiberiaEnglish 20% 
202flag of HaitiHaitiFrench 
203flag of GuineaGuineaFrench 
204flag of El SalvadorEl SalvadorSpanish Nahua 
205flag of French PolynesiaFrench PolynesiaFrench 
206flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial GuineaSpanish 
207flag of EritreaEritreaAfar Amharic Arabic Tigre and Kunama Tigrinya other Cushitic languages 
208flag of EstoniaEstoniaEstonian 
209flag of EthiopiaEthiopiaAmharic Tigrinya Orominga Guaraginga Somali Arabic other local languages English 
210flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland IslandsEnglish 
211flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe IslandsFaroese 
212flag of Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of MicronesiaEnglish 
213flag of FijiFijiEnglish 
214flag of FinlandFinlandFinnish 93.4% 
215flag of FranceFranceFrench 100% rapidly declining regional dialects and languages 
216flag of French GuianaFrench GuianaFrench 
217flag of GabonGabonFrench 
218flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-BissauPortuguese 
219flag of Gaza StripGaza StripArabic Hebrew 
220flag of GeorgiaGeorgiaGeorgian 71% 
221flag of GermanyGermanyGerman 
222flag of GhanaGhanaEnglish 
223flag of GibraltarGibraltarEnglish 
224flag of GreeceGreeceGreek 99% 
225flag of GreenlandGreenlandGreenlandic 
226flag of GrenadaGrenadaEnglish 
227flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupeFrench 
228flag of GuamGuamEnglish Chamorro Japanese 
229flag of GuatemalaGuatemalaSpanish 60% Amerindian languages 40% 
230flag of GuernseyGuernseyEnglish French Norman-French dialect spoken in country districts 
231flag of ZimbabweZimbabweEnglish 

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