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Swahili speaking countries

Swahili 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.

Distribution Swahili

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
TanzaniaEastern Africayes8.8 %5,257,000
MadagascarEastern Africano0.4 %111,000
BurundiEastern Africano0.2 %24,000
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 maybe not listed here.