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Kinyarwanda speaking countries

Kinyarwanda 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.
Distribution Kinyarwanda

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
RwandaEastern Africayes93.2 %12,546,000
Democratic Republic of the CongoCentral Africano10.3 %9,877,000
UgandaEastern Africano3.2 %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.