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Afar speaking countries

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

With 2.04 million native speakers, Afar has the highest prevalence in Ethiopia. As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 32 percent is in Djibouti. A total of about 2.5 million people worldwide speak Afar as their mother tongue.
Distribution Afar

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
EthiopiaEastern Africano1.7 %2,045,000
DjiboutiEastern Africano31.5 %348,000
EritreaEastern Africano4.3 %156,000

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 unlikely to be listed here.