Kurdish speaking countriesKurdish is no official language in any country, but is spoken as a mother tongue in five countries by a minor part of the population. The Kurdish language (native name: Kurdî, کوردی) has its roots in the Indo-European language family.
With 8.99 million native speakers, Kurdish has the highest prevalence in Turkey. As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 19 percent is in Iraq. A total of about 27.2 million people worldwide speak Kurdish as their mother tongue.
|Turkey||Western Asia||no||10.6 %||8,986,000|
|Iraq||Western Asia||no||19.0 %||8,271,000|
|Iran||South Asia||no||9.1 %||8,001,000|
|Syria||Western Asia||no||9.0 %||1,919,000|
|Armenia||Western Asia||no||1.0 %||28,000|
Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Kurdish 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.