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Ndebele speaking countries

Ndebele 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 16%, it is most widespread in Zimbabwe. A total of about 3.6 million people worldwide speak Ndebele as their mother tongue.

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
ZimbabweEastern Africano16.2 %2,373,000
South AfricaSouthern Africano2.1 %1,230,000
BotswanaSouthern Africano1.3 %30,000