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Afrikaans speaking countries

Afrikaans is one out of eleven official languages in South Africa and is spoken in Namibia as monther tongue by a part of the population.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 14 percent is in South Africa. A total of about 8.3 million people worldwide speak Afrikaans as their mother tongue.
Distribution Afrikaans

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
South AfricaSouthern Africayes13.5 %8,018,000
NamibiaSouthern Africano10.4 %263,000

Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Afrikaans 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.