Where do They Speak French / German?

Where do they speak French?

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French is spoken by over 160 million people in worldwide. Although you may know France and Belgium as the main countries which are French speaking; the language is recognized as an official in many others, as outlined below. You can also see on the map how much French is spoken throughout the world.

Official French-Speaking Countries

  • France
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Luxembourg
  • Canada
  • Republic of Congo
  • Madagascar
  • Cameroon
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Burkina Faso
  • Senegal
  • Mali
  • Rwanda
  • Guinea
  • Chad
  • Haiti
  • Burundi
  • Benin
  • Togo
  • Niger
  • Gabon
  • Comoros
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Djibouti
  • Vanuatu
  • Seychelles
  • Monaco
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic Republic of Congo

Unofficial French-speaking countries

  • Tunisia
  • Morocco
  • Algeria
  • Mauritius
  • Louisiana (USA)
  • Maine (USA)
  • New England (USA)
  • Lebanon
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Vietnam
  • Andorra

Where do they speak German?

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German is spoken by 90-95 million people in Europe. Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are the main countries which are German speaking; however the language is recognized as a minority in many others, as outlined below. You can also see on the map that German has minority populations in other places throughout the world.

Official Language

  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg

Majority Language

  • Switzerland
  • Luxembourg

Partially Official

  • Denmark- minority language in South Jutland
  • South Tyrol in Italy
  • Poland- in Upper Silesia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Romania in Transylvania
  • Banat Swabians