Picture Languages

Mende speaking countries

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

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 30 percent is in Sierra Leone. A total of about 2.8 million people worldwide speak Mende as their mother tongue.
Distribution Mende

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
Sierra LeoneWestern Africano29.7 %2,501,000
GuineaWestern Africano1.2 %162,000
LiberiaWestern Africano2.1 %109,000

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 unlikely to be listed here.