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Afrikaans speaking countries

Afrikaans is the official language in South Africa and is spoken in 1 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population.

With a share of around 14%, it is most widespread in South Africa. A total of about 8.3 m people worldwide speak Afrikaans as their mother tongue.

Distribution Afrikaans

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
South AfricaSouthern Africayes13.5 %8,007,000
NamibiaSouthern Africano10.4 %264,000


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 maybe not listed here.