Picture Languages

Korean speaking countries

Korean is an official language in South Korea and North Korea and is spoken in 4 other countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Korean language (native name: 한국어) has its roots in the Koreanic language family.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 100 percent is in South Korea. A total of about 79.3 million people worldwide speak Korean as their mother tongue.
Distribution Korean

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
South KoreaEast Asiayes99.9 %51,693,000
North KoreaEast Asiayes99.9 %25,946,000
United States of AmericaNorth Americano0.3 %996,000
JapanEast Asiano0.5 %628,000
GuamMicronesiano3.3 %6,000
Northern Mariana IslandsMicronesiano6.2 %3,000

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