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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 18.0 m people worldwide speak Khmer as their mother tongue.

Distribution Khmer

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
CambodiaSoutheast Asiayes88.6 %14,607,000
VietnamSoutheast Asiano1.4 %1,350,000
LaosSoutheast Asiano16.5 %1,183,000
ThailandSoutheast Asiano1.3 %905,000