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French-Speaking Countries Quiz

Can you name the countries where more than 25% speak French (not necessarily as a first language).
2014, according to the Francophonie via Wikipedia
Last updated: November 04, 2018
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Country
97%
France
96%
Luxembourg
79%
Monaco
73%
Mauritius
72%
Belgium
70%
Andorra
66%
Switzerland
61%
Gabon
58%
Rep. of the Congo
%
Country
54%
Tunisia
53%
Seychelles
50%
Djibouti
47%
D.R. Congo
42%
Haiti
40%
Cameroon
39%
Togo
38%
Lebanon
35%
Benin
%
Country
34%
Ivory Coast
33%
Algeria
31%
Morocco
31%
Vanuatu
29%
Canada
29%
Central African Republic
29%
Equatorial Guinea
29%
Senegal
25%
Comoros
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level 71
Dec 19, 2011
Très jolie!
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level 27
Dec 9, 2016
And I got 22 and missed Canada. Glad not to be the only one. :P
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level 27
Dec 19, 2011
Lol. I got 18 right, but I missed Canada.
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level 80
May 16, 2014
I got 19 and missed Belgium and Luxembourg!
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level 59
Aug 28, 2016
I got 21 and missed Canada!
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level 55
Dec 20, 2011
sigh I missed Cote D'Ivoire. A country that derives its name from French.
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level 25
Nov 24, 2017
same
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level 46
Dec 20, 2011
I missed Canada!! Urg
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level 44
Jan 17, 2012
Maybe accept CAR for Central African Republic?
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level ∞
Aug 23, 2015
Yes, CAR will work now.
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level 21
Feb 19, 2012
Vanuatu :D!
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level 33
Apr 17, 2012
14/25...eh, not so good on places with French colonial influences...still can't believe I forgot Canada :P
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level 14
Jan 28, 2013
I only got 2. France and Canada... I'm dumb.
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level 59
Oct 12, 2017
You are not dumb. You are learning.
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level 62
Jul 24, 2018
Now learn the French word vert.
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level 19
Mar 24, 2013
I got 17 but missed Canada..that's lame
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level 55
May 21, 2014
Harder than I expected. And I speak French! I should have got Canada and Tunisia. Je suis bete!
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level 25
Jul 3, 2016
Accent! ACCENT! Police, police, police! 999!!!!!
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level 37
May 26, 2018
lol
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level 61
Jun 19, 2014
Very surprised about Bénin, but not a bad result.
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level 34
Jun 21, 2016
Not really if you think about the countries surrounding it
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level 50
Oct 19, 2014
I will be extremely concerned once the France answer in this quiz drops to 99%. It seems inevitable...
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level 72
Aug 24, 2015
97% as of 8/24/15
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level 59
Sep 7, 2015
Are you sure that's not the percentage of French-speaking citizens France has that you're looking at?
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level ∞
Aug 23, 2015
This quiz has been updated with the latest data.
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level 74
Sep 7, 2015
oh yeah, Ivory Coast.. duh..
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level 65
Sep 7, 2015
I really don't understand that France apparently just has 97% of people who speak French. Of native speakers, sure, but even recent immigrants learn French within a few years, and there aren't enough annual immigrants to make up such a high percentage. Or does this include tourists? Really, I don't get it - if someone has an explanation, I'd be glad to hear it!
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level ∞
Sep 7, 2015
Perhaps it includes European and American retirees who are living in France.
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level 25
Jul 3, 2016
My beloved geography teacher.
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level 39
Dec 2, 2017
If you live in France, you learn French or starve!
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level 56
Jan 3, 2018
Plenty of ultra rich people on the Cote d'Azur who don't speak much French (for example).
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level 51
Sep 9, 2015
Might be because of places like French Guiana and French Polynesia as well as some recent immigrants. France still has some ex-colonies in the world that are considered part of the country and referred to as territories.
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level 44
Dec 5, 2015
French Guyana is a région, so it's considered part of France the same way Normandy does. But there's a lot of immigration (a lot illegal) from Brazil and Suriname.
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level 44
Dec 5, 2015
The same way 92% of the people living in Germany speak german. when you do a pole, you don't considere the future years immigrants will need to learn the language.
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level 39
Oct 11, 2017
Pray tell, why anyone would migrate legally or otherwise from Brazil and/or Suriname to French Guiana?
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level 56
Jan 3, 2018
Because they can then access French territory, and possibly gain access to Europe, or the French benefit system, or the better paid jobs (Guyane is afterall an integral part of France - once you're in Guyane, you can get to anywhere else in France with the minimum of fuss).
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level 74
Nov 22, 2016
3% is a tiny number for a country that has so many immigrants, and that is within less than 100 km or so of about 15 other countries, most of which are full of people who do not speak French. Obviously no, it does not count tourists.
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level 74
Oct 9, 2017
And as someone already mentioned, I would think French Guiana would have a lot of people who don't speak French.
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level 74
May 6, 2018
^Yes. I'd actually be surprised if that 97% figure isn't higher than it really is.
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level 32
Feb 27, 2017
what i don't understand is monaco with their 79%
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level 56
Mar 24, 2017
A lot of rich people from around the world live there for tax reasons.
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level 58
Apr 30, 2017
nobody is bringing up basque?
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level 56
Oct 11, 2017
Why should they? I doubt there are many (if any at all) monolingual Basque speakers in France these days
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level 59
Sep 7, 2015
Biggest facepalm ever I completely forgot about Canada.
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level 47
Sep 7, 2015
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level 52
Sep 8, 2015
Oh God.. How could I forget our neighbours in Switzerland as a German?!? ^^
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level 44
Dec 1, 2015
Switzerland has not 66%... this seems to be the percentage for German-speaking ones (I'm a French-speaking Swiss and I can tell you we represent less than 1/4 of the total population). According to Wikipedia, there are 22% French-speaking Swiss people.
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level 44
Dec 5, 2015
read the description : "not necessarily as a first language". It's not about your people, it's about people who can speak french.
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level 58
Feb 3, 2016
Just follow the source. It says: "No distinctions are made between native speakers of French and those who learnt it as a foreign language, between different levels of mastery or how often the language is used in daily life."
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level 66
Dec 28, 2015
I remember trying Swaziland but somehow forgot Switzerland. My mind is just not clicking today. :(
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level 24
Mar 3, 2016
Faso?
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level 70
Oct 10, 2016
Missed Luxembourg despite it being obvious. Missed Morocco and Equatorial Guinea - I was under impression the only widespread European language there was Spanish. Having read more I now see I was very wrong in the case of Morocco.
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level 39
Dec 9, 2016
If you had seen Casablanca, you would not have forgotten Morocco!
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level 56
Jan 3, 2018
What if you haven't seen Casablanca...?
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level 37
May 26, 2018
i tried luxembourg, but to honest i always thought it was more german...
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level 49
Nov 21, 2016
I thought more people spoke German in Switzerland than French.
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level 47
Nov 21, 2016
I've heard that the Swiss are very multilingual. German, French, Italian, and Romansch are all official languages, so they probably learn more than one in school.
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level 39
Nov 8, 2017
So are most Europeans. When you are surrounded by countries that speak a language other than your own, you tend to learn those languages in school. (This holds true for "territories" of European countries as well).
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level 51
Feb 5, 2017
I'm surprised Lebanon still has some French influence.
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level 34
Sep 9, 2017
France still has an excellent image in Lebanon, especially within the Maronites. They saw France as their protector during the nineteenth century and then France created Lebanon to be their homeland.
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level 22
May 24, 2017
Randomly guessed lebanon and it was correct :D
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level 58
Jul 19, 2017
Facepalmed at missing Haiti.
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level 39
Aug 22, 2017
Woww Luxembourg...Luxembourgish...
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level 52
Sep 9, 2017
i fell one short of the average score, but only got 1 point? what gives?
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level 45
Sep 9, 2017
Well Switzerland with 77% is absolutely wrong. Burkina Faso is missing ; Niger as well (not Nigeria... but Niger is largely french speaking).
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level 56
Oct 11, 2017
Have you even looked at the source given at the top (I suspect not). And the quiz is not about first language speakers, so the stat about Switzerland is likely to be correct (the Swiss being famed multi-linguists).
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level 39
Oct 11, 2017
Just about all Europeans and a surprising number of Africans and Latin Americans are multi-lingual. We seem to be one of the few "civilized" countries which tenaciously clings to our mono-lingualism as if it were a badge of honor.
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level 45
Sep 9, 2017
And Chad, Chad is also French speaking.
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level 54
Oct 24, 2018
You are absolutely right. Also I do not believe that the percentage of french speakers in some of these countries like Equatorial Guinea for example are more than in a country like Guinea (formerly known as French Guinea)
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level 63
Oct 9, 2017
Surprised not East Timor, given they (also) go by Timor Leste.
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level 45
Oct 9, 2017
...which is Portuguese.
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level 62
Oct 9, 2017
I missed CAR and Lebanon. I always forget the existence of CAR, but I am surprised about Lebanon.
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level 46
Oct 9, 2017
I got 26 but I missed France :'(
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level 50
Oct 9, 2017
3% actually missed France?
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level 53
Oct 9, 2017
I CAN NOT believe I missed SEYCHELLES and VANUATU. To think, two countries so RENOWNED for speaking French completely slipped my mind.
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level 71
Oct 9, 2017
the 5 i missed are all from the middle column. is that weird?
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level 30
Oct 23, 2017
What about Rwanda?
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level 56
Jan 3, 2018
The source says 6% for Rwanda, so not even close to being included. English has been replacing French as the main international language in Rwanda since the war and genocide in the 1990s.
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level 22
Feb 22, 2018
ROC for republic of congo?
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level 3
Apr 16, 2018
I knew Andorra didn’t speak Spanish!
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level 42
May 6, 2018
Correct, they speak Catalan as their primary language!
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level 58
Jul 10, 2018
I was sure Niger and Burundi would be on this list, since French is an official language in both countries...
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level 26
Jan 14, 2019
The number for Switzerland is not what the source says
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