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San speaking countries

San is no official language in any country, but is spoken as mother tongue in 3 countries by a minor part of the population.

With a share of around 4%, it is most widespread in Botswana. A total of about 527,746.6 people worldwide speak San as their mother tongue.

Distribution San

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
Burkina FasoWestern Africano1.9 %397,000
BotswanaSouthern Africano3.5 %82,000
NamibiaSouthern Africano1.9 %48,000



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