Picture Languages

Burmese speaking countries

Burmese is the official language in Myanmar and is spoken in Thailand as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Burmese language (native name: ဗမာစာ) has its roots in the Sino-Tibetan language family.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 69 percent is in Myanmar. A total of about 38.1 million people worldwide speak Burmese as their mother tongue.
Distribution Burmese

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
MyanmarSoutheast Asiayes69.0 %37,121,000
ThailandSoutheast Asiano1.3 %931,000

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