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Maithili speaking countries

Maithili is no official language in any country, but is spoken as mother tongue in 2 countries by a minor part of the population.

With a share of around 12%, it is most widespread in Nepal. A total of about 20.0 m people worldwide speak Maithili as their mother tongue.

Distribution Maithili

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
IndiaSouth Asiano1.2 %16,560,000
NepalSouth Asiano11.7 %3,409,000



Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers - not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Maithili 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.