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Mende speaking countries

Mende is no official language in any country, but is spoken as mother tongue in 3 countries by a minor part of the population.

With a share of around 30%, it is most widespread in Sierra Leone. A total of about 2.6 m people worldwide speak Mende as their mother tongue.

Distribution Mende

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
Sierra LeoneWestern Africano29.7 %2,369,000
GuineaWestern Africano1.2 %158,000
LiberiaWestern Africano2.1 %106,000



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