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Wolof speaking countries

Wolof is one out of two official languages in Senegal and is spoken in 2 other countries as monther tongue by a part of the population.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 43 percent is in Senegal. A total of about 7.9 million people worldwide speak Wolof as their mother tongue.
Distribution Wolof

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
SenegalWestern Africayes43.1 %7,274,000
GambiaWestern Africano12.6 %333,000
MauritaniaWestern Africano6.6 %305,000

Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Wolof 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.