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Khmer speaking countries

Khmer is the official language in Cambodia and is spoken in 3 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Khmer language (native name: ខ្មែរ, ខេមរភាសា, ភាសាខ្មែរ) has its roots in the Austroasiatic language family.

With a share of around 89%, it is most widespread in Cambodia. A total of about 18.3 m people worldwide speak Khmer as their mother tongue.

Distribution Khmer

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
CambodiaSoutheast Asiayes88.6 %14,813,000
VietnamSoutheast Asiano1.4 %1,363,000
LaosSoutheast Asiano16.5 %1,200,000
ThailandSoutheast Asiano1.3 %907,000


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