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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 3.7 m people worldwide speak Ndebele as their mother tongue.

Distribution Ndebele

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
ZimbabweEastern Africano16.2 %2,408,000
South AfricaSouthern Africano2.1 %1,245,000
BotswanaSouthern Africano1.3 %31,000



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