Swahili speaking countriesSwahili is the official language in Tanzania and is spoken in 3 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population.
With a share of around 9%, it is most widespread in Tanzania. A total of about 5.4 m people worldwide speak Swahili as their mother tongue.
|Tanzania||Eastern Africa||yes||8.8 %||5,257,000|
|Madagascar||Eastern Africa||no||0.4 %||111,000|
|Burundi||Eastern Africa||no||0.2 %||24,000|
|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 maybe not listed here.