Countries With the Most German Speakers

Name the twelve countries that have the most people who speak German as their native language.
According to Wikipedia
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Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: October 23, 2020
First submittedDecember 11, 2018
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# Speakers
%
Country
69,701,200
85.2
Germany
7,115,780
88.6
Austria
5,161,647
62.8
Switzerland
964,441
0.3
United States
748,000
1.2
France
336,887
0.6
Italy
# Speakers
%
Country
271,865
0.7
Canada
192,691
0.4
Spain
96,461
0.2
Poland
79,353
0.4
Australia
76,920
0.7
Belgium
72,000
0.7
Sweden
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Level 22
Dec 12, 2018
Forgot to add Namibia
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Level 59
Oct 23, 2020
The CIA World Factbook states that .7% of Namibians speak other European languages (other than English and Afrikaans); 6.5% and 6% of the population are of mixed European and African ancestry and European ancestry, respectively. This is out of a population of 2,630,000.
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Level 69
Dec 12, 2018
What about Luxembourg? German is one of the country's official languages.
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Level 67
Dec 14, 2018
German is not so widely spoken in Luxembourg. It is official but not spoken among the normal people daily.
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Level 66
Dec 27, 2018
Wikipedia says 81 % of the people speak german tho

("A 2009 survey pointed out that French was the language spoken by most inhabitants (99%), followed by Luxembourgish (82%), German (81%) and English (72%)")

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Level 73
Sep 23, 2020
@icenice this quiz goes by # of native speakers
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Level 84
Sep 23, 2020
Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg all speak a (sometimes bizarre) form of German, but all write in regular German. Why Switzerland is on the list but not the other two, I can't understand. It's official but not really purely spoken in all 3.
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Level 82
Sep 23, 2020
"Why Switzerland is on the list but not the other two"--> Switzerland has a population of more than 8 million. Liechtenstein has a population of less than 40,000.
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Level 79
Oct 3, 2020
@mf3 by 'somewhat bizarre' do you mean 'dialectual'
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Level 81
Sep 23, 2020
Surprised to see Poland on this list. Most of the German speakers native to present-day Poland (e.g. Prussians) were forced out after the war.
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Level 78
Sep 23, 2020
Native means just that it's their mother tongue, not that they're native to the area.
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Level 71
Sep 23, 2020
Yeah, but what he is saying is that most of the people who were native speakers (i.e. Germans) were forced out of Poland's present day boundaries after the war. Besides, Germans were native in parts of Poland for a very long time (just look at how Prussia intersects with modern day Poland, for example).
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Level 79
Sep 23, 2020
Most German speaking Poles are located in the south west -- Silesia/Wroclaw.
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Level 75
Sep 30, 2020
My grandma was born in Silesia during WWII with German as her first language. Her mother admonished her to speak Polish after the war had ended, or else the Russians would come and apply a lock to her mouth. When she moved to Germany much later as an adult, she had to learn German like a second language, even though it was technically her first. The German which my old relatives spoke was rather old-fashioned because it was isolated from the main community of speakers. It was quite adorable and I liked to hear it.
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Level 64
Oct 23, 2020
There were so many Germans in pre-war boundaries of modern Poland, that, despite the fact that most of them either fled or were forcefully resettled, those few who stayed were still in significant enough numbers to make this quiz. The Opole Voivodenship for some reason was the area where a lot of Germans were allowed to stay. According to the 2002 census, 10% of the entire Voivodenship was of German ethinicity. I guess there were many people of mixed descent around 1945 in there as it was a mixed Polish-German area, so it was harder for the authorities to determine who was Polish and who was German, unlike in areas that had a clear German majority and they could just resettle everyone.
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Level 84
Sep 23, 2020
Not Argentina, post WW2?
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Level 71
Sep 24, 2020
I assume most of those would've integrated to primarily be Spanish-speaking after the past 2 (3?) generations.
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Level 71
Sep 24, 2020
So Dr. Mengele's family are now all named "Mengala"?
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Level 71
Sep 24, 2020
Hi, your source is using a very limited list of countries. It's highly likely higher numbers of German native speakers are present in Brazil and Argentina 12 million and 3.5 million of German descent). Or closer to Germany, there are reportedly 350.000-400.000 Germans in each the Netherlands and Russia. Hard to believe less than 70.000 would have German as their native language. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germans
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Level 67
Oct 23, 2020
I am skeptical that no South American country makes the list, considering both German immigration and also the Mennonite populations. I have heard about entire Brazilian communities that use the German language, and 70,000 isn't too high a benchmark to beat, although language data from some of those countries can be incomplete.
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Level 66
Sep 24, 2020
Yes, I also find it hard to believe that Brazil doesn't make the list.
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Level 81
Oct 3, 2020
I guessed that one as well. The qualifier is probably "native language". It may be that not that many have German as a native language, most probably being second-language speakers after Portuguese.
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Level 62
Sep 29, 2020
I'm surprised that only 85% of people in Germany are native-speakers. I know there is some immigration, and some second-generation immigrants grow up bilingual, but surely bilinguals, even if they retain a distinctive accent, should be counted as native-speakers nonetheless. Anyway, I'm surprised - just enough to leave a comment, but not quite enought to go check out the source on my own ;-).
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Level 84
Oct 23, 2020
Just from my personal experience. In my in-laws neighborhood which is in a smallish village that's part of a slightly larger city 50 km northeast of Frankfurt I'd say a good 10 percent is Turkish and speak Turkish as their native tongue. Go to one of the public pools even in the tiny villages up in the hills and a good 10 to 15% are speaking something other than German. Lots of Polish and Russian. This isn't even taking into account the large ethnic neighborhoods that are in all of the major cities. Anywhere there is prosperity and an aging population their are going to be young immigrants looking for menial work.
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Level 61
Oct 23, 2020
In France, there are not as many people speaking German as their mother tongue, you must confuse with Alsatian which is a Germanic language, but another language
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Level 20
Oct 23, 2020
Alsatian counts as a German dialect, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alsatian_dialect. Same thing with Swiss German.
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Level 58
Oct 23, 2020
But in this case Switzerland can't be counted too, because they don't speak "regular" German but also a Germanic/Alemannic dialect. But people who speak Alsacien or Swiss German can understand and speak "regular" German, so they should be counted.
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Level 64
Jan 19, 2021
What is the "regular" German then? No Bavarian, Saxon, Swabian, Hesse...?
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Level 52
Oct 23, 2020
Why not Liechtenstein?
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Level 74
Oct 23, 2020
Less than 40.000 inhabitants
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Level 45
Oct 23, 2020
Just missed Switzerland
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Level 48
Oct 24, 2020
Surprised to see Canada and Australia but not the UK
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Level 35
Oct 25, 2020
Don't 100% of Liechtensteiners speak German tho
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Level 64
Jan 19, 2021
Maybe but they have a smaller population than the last number on this list.
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Level 32
Oct 25, 2020
I didn’t think Germany would be here?
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Level 64
Jan 19, 2021
Why?
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2020
I got all but germany
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Level 49
Feb 16, 2021
Would love to see a version with secondary speakers as well. :)
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Level 24
Feb 18, 2021
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