Countries by Official Language

Based on the official languages, name the country.
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Last updated: September 18, 2019
First submittedDecember 12, 2011
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Official Languages
Country
Danish
Denmark
Dutch, French, German
Belgium
German, French, Italian, Romansh
Switzerland
Greek, Turkish
Cyprus
Hebrew
Israel
Khmer
Cambodia
Arabic, Kurdish
Iraq
English, Afrikaans, Zulu, others...
South Africa
Catalan
Andorra
Sinhala, Tamil
Sri Lanka
Official Languages
Country
English, Maori
New Zealand
Pashto, Persian
Afghanistan
Tagalog, English
Philippines
Hindi, English
India
English, Malay, Chinese, Tamil
Singapore
Sesotho, English
Lesotho
Italian, Latin
Vatican City
Amharic
Ethiopia
English, Urdu
Pakistan
Malagasy, French
Madagascar
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Level 55
Dec 12, 2011
lol Sesotho and Lesotho.
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Level 28
Feb 23, 2013
Every other knows where is spoken Tagalog, but they don't know where is spoken Amharic... Just weird
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Level 80
Aug 23, 2014
Yeah there are very sizeable Filipino expat communities in many of the countries that are likely home to the people who take these quizzes. There are many Ethiopians in some of those places, as well, but not as many. Also the Philippines receives more tourism.
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Level 67
Jan 13, 2019
one is at 60 % and the other at 53% Pretty close imo (and both pretty high, then again, not THAT high on a quiz site, but for a normal audience quite high
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Level 80
Jan 19, 2019
It's 60% to 25% right now
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Level 67
Jan 25, 2019
Yea I just noticed, I saw my numbers and thought huh has it changed that much in such short amount of time.. I guess I missed ve been looking at lesotho which IS at 53.
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Level 40
Oct 28, 2020
62% to 29% now
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Level 56
Sep 1, 2014
I did a mini country thing on Lesotho, it was interesting to learn that the country is lesotho, language is sesotho, and demonym are mosotho (singular) and basotho (plural)
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Level 64
Aug 12, 2020
Interesting that their inflections are at the beginning of the word, whereas we Westerners are used to inflected endings.
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Level 19
Feb 20, 2016
Yeah I could tell because of that
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Level 55
Sep 20, 2019
Gosh, if everyone's language rhymed with their country like this, it would be much easier! :-)
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Level 71
Dec 13, 2011
20/20 :)

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Level 65
Apr 3, 2012
Malaysia would be a more obvious answer for the Singapore one.
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Level 27
Apr 13, 2014
But they're not the official languages of Malaysia, only of Singapore...
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Level 80
Aug 23, 2014
The proportion of people in Malaysia who speak Tamil is extremely small. It would be very surprising if they made it an official language. In Singapore, not surprising at all.
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Level 45
Aug 26, 2016
it is official in singapore
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Level 80
Dec 6, 2016
You say that as if we didn't already know.
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Level 22
Sep 1, 2014
But only Singapore has those four languages as OFFICIAL
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Level 44
Apr 3, 2012
This quiz is good
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Level 52
Oct 11, 2020
Try my Countries by Official Language quiz. It's a map version of this one. All you have to do is type in the name of a language, and every country that has it as it's official language appears on the map!
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Level 21
Apr 12, 2012
Just missed Afghanistan and Sri Lanka... Fun quiz, though :)
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Level 32
Feb 19, 2013
The only reason I got Lesotho is because Sesotho sounds alot like it so i just guessed it as that.
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Level 80
Jun 4, 2013
Fun quiz, got 100%. Only one that stumped me for a while was Madagascar but I picked it up eventually. I'm surprised that so many people have not heard of Amharic.
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Level 79
Jun 9, 2014
Count me as one. It's the only one I missed.
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Level 79
Dec 29, 2015
I'm old enough to remember learning the name of the country as "Malagasy Republic (1958-1975), though near the end of that range.
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Level 70
Jul 11, 2013
For New Zealand they should also have Sign Language as it was made an official language in 2006
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Level 45
Aug 3, 2016
Good to know! :)
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Level 50
Sep 20, 2019
Yes, this is true, and it should be added.
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Level 24
Jul 17, 2013
nice quiz i got 100% with 0.33 left
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Level 78
Feb 18, 2014
challenging quiz but got 100% with 35 seconds left. took some guessing of course like many others have admitted. But I did pull Ethiopia out towards end with some logical deducting.
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2014
Unbelievable to see tha 3% dont do any relation between Danish and Denmark...
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Level 54
Aug 24, 2014
I loved the first question, thanks for breaking us in gently. The whole thing was fun, quite challenging but not crazy hard. I missed four, which I was fairly happy with. Thank you for makin this fun quiz
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Level 37
Nov 6, 2014
Please accept, Afganistan for Afghanistan. It was the only reason I failed in the quiz and kept wondering what country I couldn't think of when I knew all along. Afganistan is accepted in pretty much all of the other quizzez across the site.
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Level 74
Sep 29, 2015
Rather too easy, so I've rated this quiz only '3'. I did enjoy it, but finished with plenty of time to spare.
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Level 66
Dec 7, 2015
You forgot the 2 other official languages for Vatican that would make that even more tricky: French and German. German is used by the Swiss Guards and French is its official diplomacy language. Vatican is actually enlisted as French-speaking country in the international organizations.
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Level 62
Mar 25, 2016
Ethiopia was the only one I missed...I got Madagascar on a hunch, having never head of Malagsay.
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Level 61
Jul 23, 2016
Got 100% with 2:31 left! I was surprised I got Madagascar, I recognized the word Malagasy but forgot which country it was from. Also worth noting that Tigrinya is an official language in Ethiopia as well.
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Level 35
Aug 12, 2016
19/20, missed Iraq. So close!
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Level 59
Dec 6, 2016
Dept. of Small Worlds. By total chance, I was reading on Wikipedia about EU & African official languages about 2 hours ago. There are several challenging quizzes beckoning from those pages!
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Level 65
Dec 6, 2016
New Zealand: English. Māori, NZ Sign Language; Afghanistan: Pashto and Dari (a variety of Persian); Philippines: Filipino and English; Vatican: Italian (The Holy See is Latin)
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Level 65
Dec 6, 2016
Yes, this ^
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Level 52
Sep 20, 2019
Yeah but that’s a bit pedantic. Tajik Persian, Dari, Persianate etc. It’s effectively English VS Aussie English. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_language
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Level 69
Dec 6, 2016
Isn't Flemish the second most spoken language in Belgium? And it's not on the list, yet German and Dutch are. I've been to Belgium many times, yet I have rarely heard anybody from Belgium speak German or Dutch, particularly not German.
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Level 73
Dec 6, 2016
Flemish is a variant of dutch. German in Belgium is mostly spoken in the German Community in the very east around Malmedy and Eupen.
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Level 67
Jan 13, 2019
they speak dutch in belgium, just with an accent. And have a slightly different idiom, but it is still considered the same language and merely a dialect of dutch.
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Level 50
Sep 20, 2019
I don't know much about the differences between Flemish and Dutch (though I gather there's not a great deal of difference), but those three languages are official, whether they are widely spoken or not.
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2016
great quiz, just missed ethiopia!!! argh!!! keep up the good work quizmaster
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Level 60
Dec 6, 2016
Amharic. Not a chance of me jagging that one.
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Level 43
Dec 6, 2016
YAY! 20/20!
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Level 39
Dec 11, 2016
Afghanistan should be Pashto and Dari, not Persian
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Level 52
Sep 20, 2019
Dari is Persian.
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Level 47
Dec 19, 2016
This is a good quiz. Are there any more?
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Level 58
Jun 22, 2017
Great Quiz!
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Level 31
Jul 3, 2017
Good Quiz 100 percent 1st time XD
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Level 37
Jul 26, 2017
I love it when people argue with people indigenous to a country over what that country's official language is/should be.
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Level 43
Aug 30, 2017
catalan is speaked in spain and andorra.
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Level 58
Aug 31, 2017
The quiz is about official languages, not where they are spoken. Catalan, although official within the autonomous community of Catalonia, is NOT an official language of the Kingdom of Spain (this quiz only refers to offical languages of the whole sovereign nation).
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Level 47
Mar 7, 2019
ethiopia???
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Level 47
Jul 8, 2019
Lol, nearly nobody knows Malagasy! It's just weird I DO!!! XD
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Level 58
Sep 13, 2019
Just to be precise, Ethiopia don't have an official language
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Level 52
Sep 20, 2019
Just to be precise, it does. Do your research before commenting. A quick google does the trick.
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Level 71
Sep 20, 2019
I thought Arabic was an official language of Israel as well, but it was apparently removed in 2018. So the quiz is right!
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Level 59
Sep 20, 2019
1:32 left
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Level 33
Sep 21, 2019
I would definitely add yellow boxes to this quiz. i guessed several answers correctly by accident while trying to guess a different box!
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Level 46
May 22, 2020
I got 7 just from guessing, and over all I got 17/20 so a lot actually.
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Level 44
Sep 27, 2019
Afghanistan is Pashto (southern portion of the country) and Dari (the official language of government). Dari differs from Farsi and is thus a different language. It would be like labeling the official languages of France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy all as "Romantic." It's true, but not very specific as the root isn't the language.
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Level 35
Nov 26, 2019
New Zealand should also have NZ Sign Language. It was made an official language so should be added. But great quiz :)
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Level 41
Dec 1, 2020
Error: the vatican city states official language is italian. latin is the official language of the holy see, a different entity