Khmer speaking countriesKhmer 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.
|Cambodia||Southeast Asia||yes||88.6 %||14,813,000|
|Vietnam||Southeast Asia||no||1.4 %||1,363,000|
|Laos||Southeast Asia||no||16.5 %||1,200,000|
|Thailand||Southeast Asia||no||1.3 %||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.