Picture Languages

Kurdish speaking countries

Kurdish 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 25.4 m people worldwide speak Kurdish as their mother tongue.

Distribution Kurdish

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
TurkeyWestern Asiano10.6 %8,844,000
IranSouth Asiano9.1 %7,545,000
IraqWestern Asiano19.0 %7,469,000
SyriaWestern Asiano9.0 %1,536,000
ArmeniaWestern Asiano1.0 %30,000