Swahili speaking countriesSwahili is the official language in Tanzania and is spoken in 3 other countries as monther tongue by a part of the population.
As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 9 percent is in Tanzania. A total of about 5.7 million people worldwide speak Swahili as their mother tongue.
|Tanzania||Eastern Africa||yes||8.8 %||5,596,000|
|Madagascar||Eastern Africa||no||0.4 %||116,000|
|Burundi||Eastern Africa||no||0.2 %||25,000|
|Comoros||Eastern Africa||no||0.5 %||4,000|
Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Swahili 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.