Languages

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Arabic / العربية/عربي/عربى

Official language in Algeria
  Bahrain
  Egypt
  Jordan
  Kuwait
  Lebanon
  Libya
  Mauritania
  Oman
  Qatar
  Saudi Arabia
  Syria
  Tunisia
  United Arab Emirates
  Palestina
  Yemen
Co-official language Chad
  Comoros
  Djibouti
  Eritrea
  Iraq
  Israel
  Morocco
  Somalia
  Sudan
Speakers 290 million
Native 280 million
Others 10 million
Regulated by

Diferentes academias

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ar
ISO 639-2 ara
ISO 639-3 ara

Armenian / Հայերեն

Official language in Armenia
  Nagorno-Karabakh
Speakers 6-7 million
Regulated by

National Academy of Sciences of Armenia

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 hy
ISO 639-2 arm (B), hye (T)
ISO 639-3 hye

Bengali / বাংলা

Official language in Bangladesh
  West Bengal (India)
  Tripura (India)
Speakers 230 million
Regulated by

Bangla Academy

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 bn
ISO 639-2 ben
ISO 639-3 ben

Bulgarian / Български

Official language in Bulgaria
  European Union
Speakers 11 million
Regulated by

Institute for the Bulgarian language at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 bg
ISO 639-2 bul
ISO 639-3 bul

Burmese / မြန်မာစာ

Official language in Burma
Speakers 33 million
Regulated by

Myanmar Language Commission

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 my
ISO 639-2 bur, mya
ISO 639-3 mya

Catalan / Català

Official language in Andorra
Co-official language in Spain: Catalonia, Comunidad Valenciana, Islas Baleares
  Italy: Alguer
Speakers 11,5 million
Regulated by

Instituto de Estudios Catalanes

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ca
ISO 639-2 cat
ISO 639-3 cat

Czech / Čeština

Official language in Czech Republic
Co-official language in European Union
Speakers 12 million
Regulated by Institute of the Czech Language
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 cs
ISO 639-2 cze
ISO 639-3 ces

Chinese (Mandarin) / 中文

Official language in China
  Taiwan
  Singapore
  United Nations
Speakers 960 million
Native speakers 825 million
Others 135 million
Regulated by National Commission on Language and Script Work
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 zh
ISO 639-2 chi, zho
ISO 639-3 cmn

Chinese (Cantonese) / 广州话 / 廣州話

Official language in Hong Kong
  Macau
Speakers 71 million
Regulated by Official Language Division,
Civil Service Bureau,
Government of Hong Kong
Language codes  
Linguist List yue-can
ISO 639-2  
ISO 639-3  

Dutch / Nederlands

Official language in Netherlands
  Curaçao
  Sint Maarten
  Aruba
  Suriname
  Belgium
Official language in Organizaciones: European Union
  Union of South American Nations
Speakers 38 million
Native speakers 22,5 million
Others 15,5 million
Regulated by Nederlandse Taalunie (Unión de la lengua Neerlandesa)
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 nl
ISO 639-2 dut / nld
ISO 639-3 nld

German / Deutsch

Official language in Austria
  Liechtenstein
  Switzerland
  Luxembourg
  Belgium
  Germany
  Adigio (Italy)
  European Union
Speakers 180 million (aprox.)
Native speakers 100 million
Others 80 million
Regulated by

No official regulation.

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 de
ISO 639-2 ger (ISO 639-2/B)

deu (ISO 639-2/T)
ISO 639-3 deu

Greek / ελληνικά

Official language in Greece
  Cyprus
  European Union
Speakers 13 million
Native speakers  
Others  
Regulated by

No official regulation.

Language codes GK
ISO 639-1  
ISO 639-2  
ISO 639-3 ell

Korean / 한국어

Official language in South Korea
  North Korea
  Yanbian, People's Republic of China
Speakers 80 - 86 million
Regulated by The National Institute of the Korean Language
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ko
ISO 639-2 kor
ISO 639-3 kor

Kannada / ಕನ್ನಡ

Official language in Karnataka (India)
Speakers 38 million
Regulated by Various academies and the Government of Karnataka
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 kn
ISO 639-2 kan
ISO 639-3 kan

Korean / 한국어

Official language in South Korea
  North Korea
  Yanbian, People's Republic of China
Speakers 80 - 86 million
Regulated by The National Institute of the Korean Language
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ko
ISO 639-2 kor
ISO 639-3 kor

Spanish / Español

Official and/or de facto in Argentina
  Bolivia
  Chile
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Cuba
  Ecuador
  El Salvador
  Spain
  Philippines (optional)
  Equatorial Guinea
  Guatemala
  Honduras
  Isla de Pascua (Chile)
  Mexico
  Nicaragua
  Panama
  Paraguay
  Peru
  Puerto Rico (USA)
  Dominican Republic
  Western Sahara
  Uruguay
  Venezuela
Speakers 528 million
Native speakers 457 million
Others 51 million
Regulated by

Real Academia Española and Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 es
ISO 639-2 spa
ISO 639-3 spa

Euskera (Basque language) / Euskara

Co-official language in Spain: Basque Country (autonomous community) and Navarra
Speakers 714,000
Regulated by

Euskaltzaindia

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 eu
ISO 639-2 baq (B), eus (T)
ISO 639-3

eus

Farsi (Persian) / فارسی

Official language in Iran
  Tajikistan
  Afganistan
Speakers ~ 100.7 million
Regulated by Academy of Persian Language and Literature
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 fa
ISO 639-2 per (B), fas (T)
ISO 639-3 fas

Flemish / Vlaams

Native to Belgium
Speakers 6 million
Regulated by  
Language codes  
ISO 639-2 dut, nld
ISO 639-3 nl

French / Français

Official and/or de facto in Algeria (Administrative/cultural)
  Belgium
  Benín
  Burkina Faso
  Burundi
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Chad
  Comoros
  Democratic Republic of the Congo
  Republic of the Congo
  Côte d'Ivoire
  Djibouti
  France
  Gabon
  French Guiana
  Guinea
  Equatorial Guinea
  Haiti
  Luxembourg
  Madagascar
  Mali
  Morocco (Administrative/cultural)
  Mauritania
  Mauricio
  Monaco
  Níger
  French Polynesia
  Central African Republic
  Rwanda
  Senegal
  Seychelles
  Switzerland
  Togo
  Tunisia (Administrative/cultural)
  Vanuatu
Official language in Organizations: OIF
  NATO
  UN
  European Union
Speakers 300 million
Native speakers 150 - 160 million
Others 155 million
Regulated by

Académie française (French Academy)

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 fr
ISO 639-2 fra
ISO 639-3 fra

Galician / Galego

Co-official language in Spain: Galicia
Speakers 3,188,000
Regulated by Royal Galician Academy
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 gl
ISO 639-2 glg
ISO 639-3

glg

Hebrew / בְרִית ʿIvrit

Official language in Israel
Speakers 9 million
Native speakers 7 million
Others 2 million
Regulated by Academy of the Hebrew Language
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 he
ISO 639-2 heb
ISO 639-3 heb, hbo

Hindi / हिन्दी

Official language in India
Speakers 380 million
Native speakers 260 million
Others 120 million
Regulated by Central Hindi Directorate (India)
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 hi
ISO 639-2 hin
ISO 639-3 hin

Oriya / ଓଡ଼ିଆ

Official language in Odisha, Jharkhand (India)
Speakers  
Native speakers 33 million
Regulated by  
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 or
ISO 639-2 ori
ISO 639-3 ori

Hungarian / Magyar

Official language in Hungary
  Vojvodina
  Burgenland
Speakers 14,5 million
Regulated by Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 hu
ISO 639-2 hun (B), def (T)
ISO 639-3 hun

English / English

Official and/or de facto in Australia (De Facto)
  Belize
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Ghana
  Guayana
  India
  Ireland
  Jordan
  Bahamas
  Philippines
  Solomon Islands
  United States of America (De Facto)
  Federated States of Micronesia
  Malawi
  Malta
  Nigeria
  New Zealand
  Pakistan
  Palau
  Rwanda
  Samoa
  Seychelles
  Sierra Leone
  Singapore
  South Africa
  Uganda
  Zimbabwe
  Antigua and Barbuda
  Barbados
  Botswana
  Commonwealth of Dominica
  Fiji
  Grenada
  Jamaica
  Kenya
  Kiribati
  Lesotho
  United Kingdom (De Facto)
  Liberia
  Mauritius
  Namibia
  Nauru
  Papua New Guinea
  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  Santa Lucía
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  Sudan
  Swaziland
  Tanzania
  Gambia
  Marshall Islands
  Tonga
Official language in Organizaciones: Commonwealth of Nations
  NATO
  UN
  UE
  Council of Europe
  TLCAN
  OEA
  GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development
  PIF
  UKUSA Agreement
Speakers 508 million
Native speakers 399 million
Others 199 million
Regulated by

 

Language codes  
ISO 639-1 en
ISO 639-2 eng
ISO 639-3 eng

Indonesian / Bahasa Indonesia

Official language in Indonesia
Speakers 23 million
Regulated by Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 id
ISO 639-2 ind
ISO 639-3 ind

Marathi / मराठी

Official language in India
Speakers 73 million
Regulated by Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad & various other institutions
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 mr
ISO 639-2 mar
ISO 639-3 mar

Italian / Italiano

Official language in Italy
  Switzerland
  San Marino
  Vatican City
  Libanon
Official language in Organizaciones: European Union
Speakers 62 million
Regulated by Accademia della Crusca
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 it
ISO 639-2 ita
ISO 639-3 ita

Japanese / 日本語

Official language in Japan
  Palau
Speakers 130 million
Regulated by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ja
ISO 639-2 jpn
ISO 639-3 jpn

Javanese / ꦧꦱꦗꦮ

Official language in Indonesia
Speakers 82 million
Regulated by  
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 jv
ISO 639-2 jav
ISO 639-3 jav, jvn

Lithuanian / Lietuvių kalba

Official language in Lithuania
Speakers 4 million
Regulated by
Commission of the Lithuanian Language
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 lt
ISO 639-2 lit
ISO 639-3 lit

Malay / بهاس ملايو

Official language in Malaysia
  Brunei
  Singapore
  Cocos (Keeling) Islands (de jure)
Speakers 109 million
Native speakers 40 million
Others 69 million
Regulated by Majlis Bahasa Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ms
ISO 639-2 may (B), msa (T)
ISO 639-3 mly

Nepali / नेपाली

Official language in Nepal
Speakers ~17 million
Regulated by Language Academy of Nepal
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ne
ISO 639-2 nep
ISO 639-3 nep

Norwegian / Norsk

Official language in Norway
Speakers 5 million
Regulated by Norsk språkråd (Norwegian Language Council)
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 no
ISO 639-2 nor
ISO 639-3 nob

Polish / Język Polski

Official language in Poland
Official language in Organizations: European Union
Speakers 50 million
Regulated by Rada Języka Polskiego (Polish Language Council)
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 pl
ISO 639-2 pol
ISO 639-3 pol

Portuguese / Português

Official language in Portugal
  Angola
  Brazil
  Cape Verde
  Guinea-Bissau
  Equatorial Guinea
  Macau
  Mozambique
  São Tomé and Príncipe
  East Timor
Official language in organizations: European Union
  Mercosur
  União Africana
Speakers ~ 270 million
Native speakers 255 million
Others ~ 15 million
Regulated by Academia Brasileira de Letras, Academia das Ciências de Lisboa
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 pt
ISO 639-2 por
ISO 639-3 por

Punjabi / ਪੰਜਾਬੀ

Official language in Pakistan
  India
Speakers 100 million
Regulated by No está regulado
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 pa
ISO 639-2 pan
ISO 639-3 pan

Romanian / Română

Official language in Romanía
  Moldova
  Vojvodina
  Serbia
Speakers 28 million
Native speakers 24 million
Others 4 million
Regulated by Academia Română
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ro
ISO 639-2 rum / ron
ISO 639-3 ron

Russian / Русский язык

Official language in Russia
  Belarus
  Kazakhstan
  Kyrgyzstan
  Gagauzia
  Moldova
Speakers 278 million
Native speakers 164 million
Others 114 million
Regulated by Russian Language Institute
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ru
ISO 639-2 rus
ISO 639-3 rus

Sanskrit / संस्कृतम्

Official language in India
Speakers 700,539
Native speakers 11,106
Others 694,433
Regulated by  
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 sa
ISO 639-2 san
ISO 639-3 san

Swahili / Kiswahili

Official language in Tanzania
  Kenya
  Uganda
  DR Congo
Speakers ~ 45 million
Native speakers 5 million
Others ~ 40 million
Regulated by Baraza la Kiswahili la Taifa
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 sw
ISO 639-2 swa
ISO 639-3 swa

Swedish / Svenska

Official language in Sweden
  Finland
  European Union
Speakers ~ 10 million
Regulated by Swedish Language Council
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 sv
ISO 639-2 swe
ISO 639-3 swe

Tagalog / Wikang Tagalog

Official language in Philippines (in the form of Filipino)
Speakers 28 million (96% of the Philippines can speak Tagalog )
Regulated by Commission on the Filipino Language
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 tl
ISO 639-2 tgl, fil
ISO 639-3 tgl, fil

Telegu / తెలుగు

Official language in India
Speakers 75 million
Regulated by  
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 te
ISO 639-2 tel
ISO 639-3 tel

Thai / 'ไทย

Official language in Thailand
Speakers 60 million
Regulated by The Royal Institute
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 th
ISO 639-2 tha
ISO 639-3 tha

Tamil / தமிழ்

Official language in India
  Sri Lanka
  Singapore
Speakers 77 million
Native speakers 68 million
Others ~ 9 million
Regulated by  
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ta
ISO 639-2 tab
ISO 639-3 tab

Turkish / Türkçe

Official language in Turkey
  Cyprus
  Northern Cyprus
Speakers 85 million
Regulated by Turkish Language Association
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 tr
ISO 639-2 tur
ISO 639-3 tur

Urdu / اُردُو

Official language in Pakistan
  India
  Bangladesh
Speakers 104 million
Native speakers 60 million
Others 44 million
Regulated by  
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ur
ISO 639-2 urd
ISO 639-3 urd

Valencian / Valencià

Official language in Comunidad Valenciana (Spain)
Speakers 2 million
Regulated by Academia Valenciana de la Lengua
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 ca (vlc)
ISO 639-2 cat (vlc)
ISO 639-3 cat (vlc)

Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt

Official language in Vietnam
Speakers 78 million
Regulated by  
Language codes  
ISO 639-1 vi
ISO 639-2 vie
ISO 639-3 vie

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