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Maithili speaking countries

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

With 16.89 million native speakers, Maithili has the highest prevalence in India. As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 12 percent is in Nepal. A total of about 20.4 million people worldwide speak Maithili as their mother tongue.
Distribution Maithili

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
IndiaSouth Asiano1.2 %16,891,000
NepalSouth Asiano11.7 %3,514,000



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 unlikely to be listed here.