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List of countries and territories where French is an official language
List of countries and territories where French is an official language
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Regions where French is a majority native language
Regions where French is an official or administrative language but not a majority native language
Regions where French is an unofficial secondary language
Regions where French is a minority language
French is an official language in 29 independent nations. The following is a list of sovereign states and territories where French is an official or language.
1 Only official language
1.2 Non-sovereign entities
2 Co-official use
2.1 Sovereign states
2.2 National subdivisions
3 Officially recognized status
4 Intergovernmental organizations
6 Dependent entities
7 Minority in other countries
8 See also 9 References
Only official language
List of countries where French is the only official language :
Benin Burkina Faso Congo
DR Congo, the most populated French-speaking country in the world.
France (Metropolitan France and Overseas France)
Gabon Guinea Mali Monaco Niger Senegal Togo
French Community, Belgium
Geneva, Switzerland Jura, Switzerland
Québec, Canada Vaud, Switzerland
In many countries, French is used as a co-official language alongside one or more other languages. List of countries where French is a co-official language :
Countries in the world with French as an official language.
Belgium Burundi Cameroon Canada Chad
Central African Republic
Comoros Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Haiti Luxembourg Madagascar Rwanda Seychelles Switzerland Vanuatu
Aosta Valley Bern Brussels Fribourg Jersey New Brunswick
Nunavut Ontario Quebec Puducherry Valais Wallonia Yukon
Officially recognized status
List of countries and dependencies that grant certain constitutional rights to the French language :
Guernsey Lebanon Mauritius Louisiana
The Francophonie flag flying at the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa.
French is an official language, mostly in conjunction with English, of 36 international organisations. These include :
Francophonie United Nations
International Olympic Committee
European Union African Union NATO
World Trade Organization
Council of Europe
This table shows the total populations of the countries, not the number of French speakers (some of these countries such as Canada have a majority that do not speak French).
No. Country Continent Population
1. DR Congo Africa 105,044,646
2. France Europe 68,051,000
3. Canada North America 38,653,740
4. Madagascar Africa 24,235,400
5. Cameroon Africa 23,345,200
6. Côte d'Ivoire Africa 22,701,600
7. Niger Africa 19,899,100
8. Burkina Faso Africa 18,105,600
9. Mali Africa 17,599,700
10. Senegal Africa 15,129,300
11. Chad Africa 14,037,500
12. Guinea Africa 12,608,600
13. Rwanda Africa 11,607,700
14. Belgium Europe 11,358,357
15. Burundi Africa 11,178,900
16. Benin Africa 10,879,800
17. Haiti Caribbean 10,711,100
18. Switzerland Europe 8,510,000
19. Togo Africa 7,304,600
20. Central African Republic Africa 4,900,300
21. Congo Africa 4,620,300
22. Gabon Africa 1,725,300
23. Equatorial Guinea Africa 1,221,490
24. Djibouti Africa 887,861
25. Comoros Africa 795,601
26. Luxembourg Europe 602,900
27. Vanuatu Oceania 264,652
28. Seychelles Africa 92,900
29. Monaco Europe 38,731
Nr. Entity Continent Population Status
1. French Polynesia Oceania 284,060 Overseas collectivity of France
2. New Caledonia Oceania 267,000 Collectivity of France with special status
3. Aosta Valley Europe 128,000 Autonomous region of Italy
4. Saint-Martin North America 37,264 Overseas collectivity of France
5. Wallis and Futuna Oceania 15,289 Overseas collectivity of France
6. Saint-Barthélemy North America 9,131 Overseas collectivity of France
7. Saint-Pierre and Miquelon North America 5,888 Overseas collectivity of France
8. Clipperton North America 0 Minor territory of France directly held by the government
9. French Southern and Antarctic Lands Africa and Antarctica 0 Overseas collectivity of France
Note: Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Mayotte are classified as overseas regions of France and are thus not a part of this list.
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List of countries and regions where English is the national, the primary language, or is spoken by a significant portion of the population. The majority of states where English is an official language are former colonies of the British Empire.English Speaking Countries in Europe
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Wales Northern Ireland Ireland
Gibraltar Malta CyprusEnglish Speaking Countries in Africa
English is an official language in several African countries. It is the primary or majority language only in
Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
English is the official language; however, Setswana is the first language. Cameroon
French is by far the most understood language (by more than 80%). The Gambia
The main languages are Mandinka, Fula, and Wolof. English is the language of education and business.
English is the official language and lingua franca in Ghana. French is widely taught. Akan is the primary native language and most commonly spoken throughout the country. Ghana's government wants to make French the second official language of the country. 
Official languages are English and Swahili. Lesotho
Basotho is the country's primary language.
English varieties serve as the lingua franca of Liberia. Malawi
The official language is English. The common language is Chichewa, spoken by more than half of the population.
English and French are common languages of Mauritius.
The most common language in Namibia is Oshiwambo. The most widely understood language and lingua franca is Afrikaans. Nigeria
Nigeria is a multilingual country. Nigerian English and Nigerian pidgin are spoken by one-third of the Nigerian population as a second language.
The principal language of Rwanda is Kinyarwanda. Official languages are Kinyarwanda, English, French, and Swahili.
On St. Helena, a variant of English is spoken. Seychelles
French Speaking Countries List
French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and it’s as an official language of important global institutions. Read more about the French speaking countries
What are the main French speaking countries?
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Learn More About the French Speaking Countries
There are approximately 444 million people in the world who come from a country where French is the official language. In addition, 98 million people come from a country where French is commonly used. It is the official language of 29 countries. It is estimated that around 12% of the European Union’s population speaks French as a mother tongue, making it the fourth most widely-spoken European language.
Furthermore, 20% of EU citizens report knowing how to speak French, making it the third most understood language in the continent. With that being said, the language’s reach extends far beyond Europe and, in fact, the largest share of the world’s French-speaking population resides in Africa. Moreover, French is recognised as an official language of several global institutions, including the United Nations, NATO and the World Trade Organization.
What are the Main French Speaking Countries?
People who are fluent in French are commonly referred to as “Francophones”. With a population of 67 million, France has the largest number of French speakers in the world. It is also the country of origin of the language, and the country most commonly associated with French. The DRC is the second most French-speaking country with an estimated 37 million people, followed by Canada and Cameroon with 10 and 9 million respectively.
List of French-speaking countries
French is recognized as an official language in 29 countries around the world, listed below in descending order of the number of people speaking the language. Most of the French-speaking countries are part of La Francophonie, and many of them are former French colonies. It is important to note that some of these countries, like Canada, have more than one official language. As a result, French is not especially the first language of all these countries.
Countries where French is the official language:
France Congo (DRC) Canada Cameroon Belgium Ivory Coast Madagascar Haiti Senegal Burkina Faso Benin Guinea Mali Togo Congo (RC) Niger Chad Switzerland
Central African Republic
Gabon Burundi Rwanda Luxembourg Djibouti Equatorial Guinea Comoros Vanuatu Seychelles Monaco
In addition, France continues to have political influence over certain overseas territories, known as “Départements et territoires d’outre-mer”, or DOM-TOM. These include territories such as Guyana, Guadeloupe and French Polynesia.
How French is spreading around the world
The French language emerged as an international language during the Middle Ages, thanks to the influence of the Kingdom of France. From the 17th century, it replaced Latin as the lingua franca of educated Europe, and became the main language of diplomacy and the European Court in the 18th century. Most French-speaking countries were originally French colonies. Indeed, French colonialism spread the French language to many regions in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Quebec region of Canada was a French colony from 1534 to 1760, but a series of wars caused France to lose most of its colonies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
A second French colonial empire took shape during the 19th century, beginning with the Arab conquest. By the end of the 19th century, France controlled Senegal, the Ivory Coast, the Republics of Congo and Mali, which continue to speak French today. Most of the French colonies gained their independence following World War I, but France continued to be influential in Africa until the late 1960s, and most former French colonies still use French as their primary language.