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Top 10 Countries with the Most Spanish Speakers

Name the 10 countries that have the most native speakers of Spanish.
% is an estimate based on information from Wikipedia and the CIA World Factbook
Total country population from Worldometers, July 2019
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Last updated: July 25, 2019
First submittedNovember 25, 2016
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Country
93
123 mil
Mexico
99
49.4 mil
Colombia
99
44.7 mil
Argentina
13
42.8 mil
United States
74
34.4 mil
Spain
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Country
98
32.1 mil
Venezuela
84
27.7 mil
Peru
99
18.2 mil
Chile
93
15.9 mil
Ecuador
99
11.4 mil
Cuba
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level 71
Nov 26, 2016
For some reason I went in thinking this was only countries where Spanish was the main language. Only at the end did I realize it wasn't a requirement and immediately realized the missing answer was the US.
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level 65
Nov 26, 2016
I forgot Ecuador. I even went through every country in south America but I just skipped right over it.
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level 38
Oct 8, 2019
Same
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level 47
Nov 28, 2016
Missed Ecuador
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level 30
Nov 28, 2016
usa has more than spain, who wouldve thought?
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level 61
Jan 17, 2017
The US-area close to Mexico is probably bigger than Spain and I presume so is the population.
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level 45
Apr 15, 2017
And don't forget that there are a lot of separatists in Spain that have their own language.
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level 74
Apr 18, 2017
And also a lot of non-separatists that have their own language.
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level 52
Sep 8, 2019
Well yes, there are people in Spain who have a different mother language than Castilian Spanish, but they should count in these numbers because everyone in Spain speaks Castilian Spanish as well.
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level 25
Sep 21, 2019
elgrancazador: read the caveat - native language only
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level 70
Sep 13, 2017
I was in Florida this year and almost everyone there speaks Spanish. When I was in a store or on a market and people started talking to me, it was always in Spanish first and when I didn't respond (no hablo español) they tried English second
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level 25
Nov 28, 2016
Cant believe i forgot cuba
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level 8
Apr 15, 2017
Me too ... I thought the population was smaller. Still got 8/10 tho
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level 34
Mar 15, 2017
Woah, I did it, but I wasnt expecting that Cuba was there :)
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level 50
Apr 15, 2017
I'm always impressed by Brazil's lack of showing in these Spanish speaker quizzes given the size of their population and location in South America. Even if only 5-10% of the population spoke Spanish, it would be enough for Brazil to have a pretty large amount of Spanish speakers in absolute numbers--but that's not the case. I guess you can thank the rain forest and geographic isolation of the cities for that. It'll be interesting to see how intact the homogeneity of Portuguese will remain in Brazil in the coming decades as they become more economically integrated with the rest of Spanish speaking South America.
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level 62
Sep 10, 2019
That may be because the ones that do, probably mostly speak Portuñol, a mix of Portuguese and Spanish.
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level 39
Apr 16, 2017
I can't believe I missed USA. 😩
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level 62
Feb 23, 2019
I can
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level 41
Nov 5, 2017
I think Guatemala has more Spanish speakers than Cuba. Cuba only has about 11 million people. Guatemala has about 16 million. And 93% of the people there speak Spanish. That is about 15 million people.
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level ∞
Jul 25, 2019
93% speak Spanish but only 55% have Spanish as their mother tongue.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Guatemala

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level 26
Dec 5, 2017
i forgot spain lmao
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level 32
Jun 2, 2018
I got the U.S.A with 4 seconds to go.
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level 61
Jan 15, 2019
the last one was hard, I think i tried every country with spanish speakers besides cuba
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level 38
Aug 5, 2019
I would never have guessed the USA. I suppose that, as usual, you are not including territories. Therefore, Puerto Rico is out. Given that, how can the USA have more native Spanish speakers than Venezuela and Spain?
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level 70
Aug 31, 2019
I think the percentage is more important to look at when comparing USA to Spain and Venezuela. The US is only 13% of the population as opposed to the 74% and 98% of Spain and Venezuela, respectively.
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level 56
Aug 31, 2019
I'm pretty sure you messed up Venezuela and Peru. Peru's population has been growing steadily over 30 million, while Venezuelans are fleeing in the millions from the socialist regime in Venezuela. Around 600 thousand Venezuelans are in Peru alone (I live here, venezuelans everywhere).
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level 36
Aug 31, 2019
Missed Venezuela
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level 33
Aug 31, 2019
It's missing almost 10 million native speakers in Spain, just cause they are bilingual it doesn't mean that they aren't native Spanish speaker, nobody considers a Catalan or a Basque person to be non native speakers of the Spanish language...
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level 59
Aug 31, 2019
four minutes seems very long for only ten answers
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level 73
Sep 5, 2019
Yep. Especially for a quiz that's basically "Name the biggest countries in Latin America + the one that colonized them".