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Afar speaking countries

Afar is no official language in any country, but is spoken as mother tongue in 3 countries by a minor part of the population.

With a share of around 32%, it is most widespread in Djibouti. A total of about 2.4 m people worldwide speak Afar as their mother tongue.

Distribution Afar

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
EthiopiaEastern Africano1.7 %1,954,000
DjiboutiEastern Africano31.5 %311,000
EritreaEastern Africano4.3 %150,000



Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers - not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Afar as a subsequently learned language is not the subject of this page. Countries where native speakers make up only a few thousand or even a few hundred people, or countries with a percentage well below 1%, are maybe not listed here.