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Swahili speaking countries

Swahili 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.
Distribution Swahili

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
TanzaniaEastern Africayes8.8 %5,596,000
MadagascarEastern Africano0.4 %116,000
BurundiEastern Africano0.2 %25,000
ComorosEastern Africano0.5 %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.