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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 7.9 million people worldwide speak Quechua as their mother tongue.

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
PeruSouth Americayes13.0 %4,159,000
BoliviaSouth Americayes21.2 %2,407,000
EcuadorSouth Americano4.1 %700,000
BrazilSouth Americano0.1 %209,000
ArgentinaSouth Americano0.4 %178,000
ChileSouth Americano0.8 %150,000
ColombiaSouth Americano0.1 %50,000