Picture Languages

Macedonian speaking countries

Macedonian is one out of two official languages in North Macedonia and is spoken in 2 other countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Macedonian language (native name: македонски јазик) has its roots in the Indo-European language family.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 67 percent is in North Macedonia. A total of about 1.6 million people worldwide speak Macedonian as their mother tongue.
Distribution Macedonian

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
North MacedoniaSouthern Europeyes66.5 %1,373,000
BulgariaEastern Europeno2.6 %179,000
AlbaniaSouthern Europeno0.1 %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 Macedonian 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.