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Geographical distribution of languages worldwide

In England you speak English. In Germany you speak German. But how much are languages distributed in an international comparison?
Mother tongueDistributionOfficial language inWorldwide percentageWorldwide total
Chinese24 countries5 countries17.9 %1,311 M
Hindi6 countriesIndia7.1 %520 M
Spanish33 countries21 countries6.0 %436 M
English55 countries36 countries5.4 %394 M
Arabic32 countries21 countries4.3 %316 M
Bengali2 countriesBangladesh3.5 %255 M
Portuguese15 countries7 countries3.0 %217 M
Russian16 countries3 countries2.1 %154 M
Punjabi3 countries-1.8 %133 M
Japanese4 countriesJapan1.7 %127 M
Javanese1 country   -1.4 %102 M
German19 countries6 countries1.3 %94 M
Telugu1 country   -1.2 %91 M
Marathi1 country   -1.2 %89 M
Vietnamese4 countriesVietnam1.2 %84 M
French23 countries16 countries1.1 %81 M
Tamil5 countriesSingapore, Sri Lanka1.1 %80 M
Urdu3 countriesPakistan1.1 %79 M
Korean6 countriesNorth Korea, South Korea1.1 %78 M
Turkish11 countriesTurkey, Cyprus1.0 %74 M
Italian16 countries3 countries0.9 %65 M
Gujarati1 country   -0.8 %57 M
Hausa2 countries-0.7 %49 M
Kannada1 country   -0.6 %47 M
Persian2 countriesIran0.6 %44 M
Pashto2 countriesAfghanistan0.6 %44 M
Joruba2 countries-0.6 %41 M
Sunda1 country   -0.6 %41 M
Oriya1 country   -0.6 %41 M
Malayalam1 country   -0.6 %41 M