Kinyarwanda speaking countriesKinyarwanda is one out of two official languages in Rwanda and is spoken in 2 other countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Kinyarwanda language (native name: Ikinyarwanda) has its roots in the Niger–Congo language family.
As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 93 percent is in Rwanda. A total of about 23.9 million people worldwide speak Kinyarwanda as their mother tongue.
|Rwanda||Eastern Africa||yes||93.2 %||12,546,000|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Central Africa||no||10.3 %||9,877,000|
|Uganda||Eastern Africa||no||3.2 %||1,467,000|
Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Kinyarwanda 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.