Kurdish speaking countriesKurdish is no official language in any country, but is spoken as mother tongue in 5 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 a share of around 19%, it is most widespread in Iraq. A total of about 25.8 m people worldwide speak Kurdish as their mother tongue.
|Turkey||Western Asia||no||10.6 %||8,940,000|
|Iran||South Asia||no||9.1 %||7,643,000|
|Iraq||Western Asia||no||19.0 %||7,642,000|
|Syria||Western Asia||no||9.0 %||1,575,000|
|Armenia||Western Asia||no||1.0 %||30,000|
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 maybe not listed here.