Quechua speaking countriesQuechua 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.
|Peru||South America||yes||13.0 %||4,286,000|
|Bolivia||South America||yes||21.2 %||2,475,000|
|Ecuador||South America||no||4.1 %||723,000|
|Brazil||South America||no||0.1 %||213,000|
|Argentina||South America||no||0.4 %||182,000|
|Chile||South America||no||0.8 %||153,000|
|Colombia||South America||no||0.1 %||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.