Picture Languages

Kiribati speaking countries

Kiribati is the official language in Kiribati and is spoken in 3 other countries as monther tongue by a part of the population.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 99 percent is in Kiribati. A total of about 130,573.0 people worldwide speak Kiribati as their mother tongue.

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
KiribatiMicronesiayes98.9 %127,000
NauruMicronesiano17.9 %2,000
TuvaluPolynesiano7.5 %900
TokelauPolynesiano2.3 %40

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