Ndebele speaking countriesNdebele is the official language in South Africa and is spoken in 2 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population.
With a share of around 16%, it is most widespread in Zimbabwe. A total of about 3.7 million people worldwide speak Ndebele as their mother tongue.
|Zimbabwe||Eastern Africa||no||16.2 %||2,445,000|
|South Africa||Southern Africa||yes||2.1 %||1,261,000|
|Botswana||Southern Africa||no||1.3 %||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.