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Quechua speaking countries

Quechua is the official language in Bolivia and Peru and is spoken in 5 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Quechua language (native name: Runa Simi, Kichwa) has its roots in the Quechuan language family.

With a share of around 21%, it is most widespread in Bolivia. A total of about 8.1 m people worldwide speak Quechua as their mother tongue.

Distribution Quechua

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
PeruSouth Americayes13.0 %4,286,000
BoliviaSouth Americayes21.2 %2,475,000
EcuadorSouth Americano4.1 %723,000
BrazilSouth Americano0.1 %213,000
ArgentinaSouth Americano0.4 %182,000
ChileSouth Americano0.8 %153,000
ColombiaSouth Americano0.1 %51,000


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