Korean speaking countriesKorean 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.
|South Korea||East Asia||yes||99.9 %||51,693,000|
|North Korea||East Asia||yes||99.9 %||25,946,000|
|United States of America||North America||no||0.3 %||996,000|
|Japan||East Asia||no||0.5 %||628,000|
|Northern Mariana Islands||Micronesia||no||6.2 %||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.