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Nyanja speaking countries

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

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 15 percent is in Zambia. A total of about 3.2 million people worldwide speak Nyanja as their mother tongue.
Distribution Nyanja

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
ZambiaEastern Africano14.7 %2,863,000
ZimbabweEastern Africano2.2 %352,000

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 unlikely to be listed here.