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San speaking countries

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

With 419,913 native speakers, San has the highest prevalence in Burkina Faso. As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 4 percent is in Botswana. A total of about 558,581.0 people worldwide speak San as their mother tongue.
Distribution San

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
Burkina FasoWestern Africano1.9 %420,000
BotswanaSouthern Africano3.5 %91,000
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 unlikely to be listed here.