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15 Most Populous Countries that Speak a Romance Language

Can you name the most populous countries where a majority of the residents are native speakers of a language derived from Latin?
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Last updated: November 27, 2017
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Population
Country
208 m
Brazil
124 m
Mexico
67.2 m
France
60.5 m
Italy
49.5 m
Colombia
46.5 m
Spain
44.0 m
Argentina
31.8 m
Peru
Population
Country
31.4 m
Venezuela
19.7 m
Romania
17.4 m
Chile
16.6 m
Ecuador
16.2 m
Guatemala
11.2 m
Cuba
11.1 m
Bolivia
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level 66
Dec 3, 2017
Poor Portugal is responsible for the language that makes the top of the list even though it does not make the top 15 itself.
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level 40
Dec 11, 2017
rip
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level 36
Dec 11, 2017
yeh, we are only 10 million people :)
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level 32
Dec 31, 2017
Lol I thought that too
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level 64
Jan 16, 2019
yup exactly what I was gonna say
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level 67
Dec 11, 2017
Oh, for crying out loud. I got so focused on remembering all of Latin America I forgot friggin' SPAIN.
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level 58
Dec 11, 2017
Me too - very frustrating!
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level 57
Dec 11, 2017
Yep, and me.
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level 40
Jan 8, 2020
I forgot Romania rip
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level 57
Dec 11, 2017
What about Angola, Mozambique, Niger, DRC, etc?
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level 59
Dec 11, 2017
I think in those countries is Portuguese an official language, but most people have their tribal languages as their first language
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level 59
Dec 11, 2017
In Niger and DRC the official language if French. Nonetheless, tribal languages are the first language of most people there too.
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level 68
Dec 11, 2017
True, although they are no more "tribal" than Italian and French.
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level 55
Dec 11, 2017
Agree there seem to be some African countries excluded that fit the definition in the question.
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level 15
Feb 21, 2018
Well most of the population may not speak the national language as their first language.
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level 38
Dec 11, 2017
Seems to have skipped over Hispaniola (Dominican Republic & Haiti) completely. Surely the number of people on this island for whom Spanish and French is their first language trumps any African nation with the possible exception of Cote d'ivoire.
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level 73
Dec 11, 2017
But the quiz is "most populous" nations. The DR only has 10 mill so it just misses getting on this quiz.
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level 68
Dec 11, 2017
And I think Creole is the first language of most Haitians.
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level 57
Dec 12, 2017
(thinking out loud) - Are creoles categorized by their parent language (in this case French, and so Romance) or are they in a separate category? Really don't know.
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level 45
Dec 15, 2017
Yeah it is for us. But Creole is very similar to French, the only thing is Creole also has Spanish, African dialect, and some of the language of the native Taino Indians. But if you speak Creole, you can understand French for the most part and most Haitians are learning French now.
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level 67
Jul 24, 2018
But likely native french speakers will have a hard time understanding creole.
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level 40
Jan 7, 2020
Native French speakers have a problem understanding Walloon, which is basically French. I think they also have a problem with the Canadian version of French.
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level 15
Feb 21, 2018
Haiti and the Dominican Republic do not have a high enough population to qualify on this quiz.
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level 58
Dec 11, 2017
I could not think of the last one for the life of me, and then was shocked to see it was Romania--for about half a second, until I looked at the word "Romania." Oh. Duh.
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level 59
Dec 11, 2017
What's the source ?
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level 45
Dec 11, 2017
Foi um quiz muito bom! I loved the quiz. And although I speak English as a first language, I love romantic languages... Favorite is Portuguese.. the Jjjjjj of French and the beauty of the other latin languages like Spanish, Italian, Ladino, Romanian. Lots of African countries speak as well as Philippines has a good number who speak romantic language.
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level 57
Dec 12, 2017
They're called Romance languages, not romantic languages (there's a world of difference in meaning!) :-)
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level 64
Jan 16, 2019
Maybe he misspelled romanic, that can be used instead of romance.

ps there is a world of difference between romance (languages) and romance aswell...

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level 60
Dec 12, 2017
I kept wondering if Switzerland was the last slot on the list, thinking that surely there were at least 11m Swiss and that French, Italian, and Romansh speakers comprised at least half of them. Nope, wrong on both counts: population is only 8m, and German speakers are the majority. The More You Know!
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level 15
Feb 21, 2018
Either way, Switzerland still wouldn't have qualified for this quiz if it had a high enough population because the language most of the people speak is not a romance language.
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level 30
Feb 21, 2018
I forgot France. Please send help.
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level 76
Jun 26, 2018
The Who Speaks Spanish Quiz
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level 55
Oct 25, 2018
Shouldn't Canada be here. They speak French in Quebec and they have like 35 million people
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level 64
Jan 16, 2019
Apparently it is not the majority. That is what the quiz asks for
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level 59
Feb 11, 2019
What about Haiti for French?
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level 34
Jan 7, 2020
official first language of Mozambique is Portuguese and they have 29 mil, incorrect quiz, sorry.
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level 70
Jan 7, 2020
Wikipedia says the last census in 2017 found that about 47.3% of Mozambicans speak Portuguese though it is the most widely spoken language. And only 16.6% are native speakers of Portuguese, which the quiz asks for.
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level 55
Jan 8, 2020
It is the official language, but it is not the first language of most of the citizens.
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level 34
Jan 7, 2020
also Cameroon where 83% speak French and 17% speak English, their population is 24 million, which means nearly 20 million speak French. and the list goes on and on and on
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level 47
Jan 7, 2020
Why are Cameron Algeria and DRC not on this?
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level 55
Jan 8, 2020
The number of native speakers is not high enough. A country can use a language as its official language without the majority of its people having it as a native language. 82% of the people in Cameroon do not speak French as native speakers, and few of them would be better at French than at their own language.
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level 37
Jan 7, 2020
Algeria is most likely not on here because most of Algeria speaks Berber dialects as their first language, not French. It's probably the same deal for some of the other countries that have French and Portuguese as their languages such as Angola, Mozambique, and the DRC.