Quechua speaking countriesQuechua is an official language in Bolivia and Peru and is spoken in 5 other 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 4.38 million native speakers, Quechua has the highest prevalence in Peru. As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 23 percent is in Bolivia. A total of about 8.4 million people worldwide speak Quechua as their mother tongue.
|Peru||South America||yes||13.0 %||4,383,000|
|Bolivia||South America||yes||22.6 %||2,730,000|
|Ecuador||South America||no||4.1 %||730,000|
|Brazil||South America||no||0.1 %||214,000|
|Argentina||South America||no||0.4 %||183,000|
|Chile||South America||no||0.8 %||156,000|
|Colombia||South America||no||0.1 %||52,000|
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 unlikely to be listed here.