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Official Languages Spoken in the Most Countries

Which 24 languages are officially spoken in two or more countries?
Last updated: February 17, 2019
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Countries
Language
56
United Kingdom, Canada, ...
English
27
France, Canada, ...
French
24
Egypt, Iraq, Israel, ...
Arabic
19
Spain, Mexico, ...
Spanish
9
Portugal, Brazil, ...
Portuguese
6
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, ...
German
5
Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo,
Montenegro, Serbia
Serbo-Croatian
4
Italy, San Marino, Switzerland,
Vatican City
Italian
4
Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Singapore
Malay /
Indonesian
4
Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan
Russian
3
Belgium, Netherlands, Suriname
Dutch
3
China, Taiwan, Singapore
Mandarin
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Countries
Language
3
Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan
Persian
3
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Swahili
2
Albania, Kosovo
Albanian
2
Cyprus, Greece
Greek
2
North Korea, South Korea
Korean
2
Moldova, Romania
Romanian
2
South Africa, Lesotho
Sotho
2
South Africa, Eswatini
Swazi
2
Sweden, Finland
Swedish
2
Sri Lanka, Singapore
Tamil
2
South Africa, Botswana
Tswana
2
Turkey, Cyprus
Turkish
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level 69
Feb 28, 2016
Nice!
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level 57
Mar 10, 2016
Here's the World Currency version to try :)
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level 69
Feb 28, 2016
Actually Greek, Sotho and some other ones are missing? At least according to this quiz I had done, based on the JetPunk quiz - http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/91108/name-one-country-for-each-official-language
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level 57
Mar 8, 2016
Thank you a lot!
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level 55
Dec 18, 2018
Tamil could come in Srilanka, Singapore, india Bengali is spoken in India, Bangladesh Punjabi is spoken in India, Pakistan
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level 83
Mar 10, 2016
Tamazight/Berberic is an official language in both Algeria and Morocco as of very recently.
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level 68
Mar 10, 2016
I love it :)
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level 57
Mar 10, 2016
Thanks.
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level 69
Mar 13, 2016
missed dutch, but got tswana...go figure
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level 61
Mar 16, 2016
what about aymara (Peru and Bolivia), Quechua (Bolivia, Peru and ecuador) and guarani (bolivia and Paraguay)
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level 61
Mar 16, 2016
also catalan is an official language in Andorra and Spain
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level 56
Jun 13, 2017
Catalan is not an official language of Spain at the national level, only at a regional level. This quiz is only asking about official languages at the national level (otherwise this quiz would be huge!).
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level 43
Oct 29, 2017
I second the motion to add Quechua and Aymara, since these are designated official languages at the national level in Bolivia and Peru, as well as GuaranĂ­, which is an official national language of Bolivia and Paraguay!
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level 58
Mar 26, 2016
You should accept "Parsi" for Persian and also "Farsi" if you don't already.
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level 57
Mar 26, 2016
Farsi is already accepted. :) However, Parsi is not an Persian alternative.
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level 16
May 17, 2017
And you know this how? Do you live in a country where they speak this language?
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level 57
May 17, 2017
At least one person speaks Farsi in the US
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level 53
Apr 24, 2016
The name for the language they speak in Malaysia and Indonesia is called Bahasa, please accept it.
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level 37
May 5, 2016
Nope. I'm Indonesian and some of us will go ballistic when we hear comments like these. 'Bahasa' does not refer to the language spoken by Indonesians. 'Bahasa' just means 'language'. Russian is 'bahasa rusia'. Arabic is 'bahasa arab'. Portuguese is 'bahasa portugis'. Indonesian is 'bahasa indonesia'.
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level 57
May 5, 2016
Now accepted :)
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level 50
May 5, 2016
Bengali is spoken in India and Bangladesh and are official languages in both countries.
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level 70
May 5, 2016
Quechua--official in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
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level 37
May 5, 2016
where is Catalan? Official in Andorra, Spain, France and Italy.
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level 61
May 5, 2016
The quiz is about official languages of countries. And if Catalan is spoken is some regions or cities of these countries, it is not always an official language of the country itself. It is official in the regions of Catalonia, Balearic Island and Valancia but, such as Galician or Basque, not in Spain. It is official in the city of Alghero but not in Italy (Italian is the only official language, but 12 regional languages are official in some regions). And in France it isn't official in any region at all.
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level 70
May 5, 2016
Surprised Irish isn't here - would have thought it would be official in Ireland and the UK (for NI).
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level 36
May 5, 2016
It isnt official in the UK
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level 70
May 5, 2016
Yes, just a recognised minority language by the look of it.
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level 59
Jan 31, 2017
Was thinking the same, it is an official minority language in the UK
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level 75
May 5, 2016
Got everything that was 3 and up, that was pretty easy. Some of the others were tough. Should have got Albanian, though.
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level 57
May 5, 2016
How about Bengali? (Bangladesh and India)
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level 65
May 5, 2016
Second this.
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level 66
May 5, 2016
could it be a Bengali/Bangla thing?
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level 64
May 5, 2016
how about hindi? india, nepal, fiji
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level 57
May 5, 2016
Nepal's official language is Nepali, and Fiji's is Fiji Hindi, a dialect of Hindustani languages, like Punjabi is different from Hindi
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level 50
Sep 24, 2017
I am a native Hindi speaker and only speak 2 languages. But I understood everything that was being spoken in a Fiji Hindi video I watched.
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level 70
May 5, 2016
WOW, got Sotho, missed Korean.
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level 66
May 5, 2016
I'd always thought (from my time in Lesotho and South Africa) that the language was called Sesotho.
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level 66
May 5, 2016
But I just tried it again and Sesotho worked for Sotho. Thanks.
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level 33
May 5, 2016
You missed Afrikaans. It is spoken in South Africa, Namibia and Patagonia in Argentina.
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level 66
May 5, 2016
Not official.
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level 49
May 5, 2016
Could you accept Serbo Croat please?
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level 57
May 5, 2016
Accepted.
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level 59
May 5, 2016
No Afrikaans?
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level 57
May 5, 2016
No Afrikaans.
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level 45
May 5, 2016
Forgot Malay and Korean, derp. And Romanian. Especially bad for me, as I have a roommate from Moldova who's first language was Romanian, I should have remembered that it's spoken in both countries...
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level 66
May 6, 2016
Catalun should be added: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_language
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level 57
May 6, 2016
Catalan is an official language in Andorra and Catalonia, but not the whole of Spain.
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level 42
May 7, 2016
Venda, Xhosa and Tsonga (Shangani) are official in South Africa and Zimbabwe
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level 60
May 25, 2016
I am so embarrassed that I missed Tswana, Sotho and Swazi that I retook the quiz. I can't believe I missed them. Could Ndebele also be accepted? Zimbabwe and South Africa?
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level 58
Sep 3, 2016
Got Sotho, Malay, and Albanian but forgot about Portuguese. Welp.
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level 58
Sep 3, 2016
Tamazight, Guarani, Catalan, Bengali, Urdu/Punjabi, and Quechua should be accepted. Tamazight: Algeria and Morocco, Guarani: Bolivia and Paraguay, Catalan: Andorra and Spain, Bengali: India and Bangladesh, Urdu/Punjabi (like Serbian/Montenegrian/Croatian/Bosnian in that they are considered separate but really the same): Pakistan and India, Quechua: Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador
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level 50
Sep 3, 2016
Read the comments above. Catalan is not an official language in Spain and Punjabi is a dialect. Guarani and Quechua should be added though.
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level 55
Sep 23, 2016
Yeah, I forgot my own freaking language.
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level 38
Sep 29, 2016
Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname, Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten If you consider speaking the language the official language of the land, in which laws are written and school instruction is given. (I left our Bonaire, Saba and Statia (St. Eustatius because they are now considered part of mainland Netherlands, though geographically separated) Crazy system if you ask me.
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level 60
Oct 13, 2016
Mexico doesn't have an official language.
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level 79
Oct 24, 2016
Cantonese? Ndebele?
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level 45
Oct 31, 2016
Hindustani? official in (forms) in Pakistan, India and Fiji?
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level 58
Nov 12, 2016
One I haven't seen anyone else comment is Tigrinya, which is official in both Eritrea and Ethiopia
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level 48
Sep 7, 2017
Neither Ethiopia or Eritrea have an official language.
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level 66
Dec 15, 2016
Isn't Turkish an official language both in Turkey and Cyprus (along with Greek)?
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level 66
Dec 15, 2016
Also, Urdu in Pakistan and India.
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level 34
Jan 13, 2017
Got Tswana but forgot Russian go figure.
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level 48
Jun 11, 2017
Aymara, Quechua, Guarani are official languages in two or more countries.
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level 46
Oct 30, 2017
Hi Quiz creator! Great quiz, but I'd like to plug what several others have said here regarding possible additions: In Bolivia there are many official languages, but you could restrict it based on, say, languages with more than 10% of the population actually speaking it to make it manageable. This would leave you with Quechua and Aymara to add (both official in Peru and Bolivia). Now that I did a bit more research, lowering the threshold to any aboriginal language official in Bolivia regardless of population would actually only add one more language, Guarani, which is official in both Bolivia and Paraguay. Another great addition would be Berber/Tamazight, which is a really cool language that was the precursor to Arabic in the North Africa region and is now official and gaining popularity in both Morocco and Algeria. I see a lot of suggestions of Indian languages and I don't think any of those should be put on seeing as only Hindi and English are official languages in Indi
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level 47
Nov 21, 2017
Tamazight is an official language in both Morocco and Algeria
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level 49
Feb 27, 2018
dang it should have guessed Swazi and Sotho.. lol
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level 21
Feb 27, 2018
There is no such language as serbo-croatian. There is serbian and croatian.
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level 48
Mar 23, 2018
Its actually Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin.
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level 44
Feb 27, 2018
Serbo-Croatian as a language does not exist! Instead you should put Serbian in 3 countries (Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia) and Croatian in 2 countries (Croatia and Bosnia).
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level 73
Feb 27, 2018
Belarus has two official languages -- Russian and Belarusian,
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level 38
May 13, 2018
I can't believe I missed Swazi- I've known it for a while *facepalm*
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level 16
May 18, 2018
Albanian is not on this list even though kosovo, albania, and macedonia speak it.
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level 45
Jan 15, 2019
esotho is what is given on the language quizes I have seen so far, so that is what I tried here. Have only learned the language here, so you'd expect the answer to be correct.
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level 45
Jan 15, 2019
Pardon me I see sesotho is the name used, there is a slight chance that was what I have been seeing on this site ( though I sort of still think it might ve been esotho, but could ve beeen sesotho)

anyway i thought several of the african languages had part of their countryname cut of and a "e" put in front. But I guess it was "se"

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level 32
Jan 24, 2019
Literally my first try. How did I win 97.6% of players?