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Sotho speaking countries

Sotho is the official language in Lesotho and South Africa but is not spoken in any other countries. The Sotho language (native name: Sesotho) has its roots in the Niger–Congo language family.

With a share of around 85%, it is most widespread in Lesotho. A total of about 6.2 million people worldwide speak Sotho as their mother tongue.

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
South AfricaSouthern Africayes7.6 %4,391,000
LesothoSouthern Africayes85.0 %1,792,000