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Nyanja speaking countries

Nyanja is no official language in any country, but is spoken as mother tongue in 2 countries by a minor part of the population.

With a share of around 15%, it is most widespread in Zambia. A total of about 3.0 m people worldwide speak Nyanja as their mother tongue.

Distribution Nyanja

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
ZambiaEastern Africano14.7 %2,702,000
ZimbabweEastern Africano2.2 %327,000


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