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Bambara speaking countries

Bambara is no official language in any country, but is spoken as mother tongue in 9 countries by a minor part of the population.

With a share of around 46%, it is most widespread in Mali. A total of about 15.4 m people worldwide speak Bambara as their mother tongue.

Distribution Bambara

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
MaliWestern Africano46.3 %9,376,000
Ivory CoastWestern Africano8.4 %2,216,000
SenegalWestern Africano10.3 %1,725,000
Burkina FasoWestern Africano4.8 %1,003,000
GambiaWestern Africano21.1 %510,000
GuineaWestern Africano2.0 %263,000
Sierra LeoneWestern Africano1.6 %128,000
LiberiaWestern Africano2.0 %101,000
Guinea-BissauWestern Africano5.1 %100,000



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