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Countries With the Most Italian Speakers

Name the countries with the most people speaking Italian as a first or additional language.
Last updated: February 21, 2019
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# Speakers
%
Country
58.2 mil
98%
Italy
4.05 mil
2.1%
Brazil
3.28 mil
1.2%
United States
3.23 mil
5.1%
France
2.53 mil
3.2%
Germany
1.49 mil
7.4%
Romania
# Speakers
%
Country
1.36 mil
3.5%
Argentina
1.34 mil
2.1%
United Kingdom
1.28 mil
15.5%
Switzerland
1.13 mil
2.4%
Spain
799 k
28%
Albania
790 k
9.4%
Austria
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level 67
Feb 21, 2019
Interesting that the percentage in Romania is so high. I guess sharing Romance languages helps
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level 61
Feb 22, 2019
Italian is possibly the easiest language to learn if you're a native Romanian speaker.
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level 75
Feb 22, 2019
My ex-gf was Romanian and she said the same thing preproman said. She lived in Italy for a while and spoke Italian and it seemed like most Romanians have a very positive opinion about Italy and the Italian language.
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level 52
Feb 22, 2019
They want to believe they are not Slavs so they made their language more Romance. It's a kind of revisionism prevalent in the Balkans.
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level 75
Apr 21, 2019
Romanian IS a romance language, regardless of any recent efforts to further romanticize it. As to Romanians being Slavs, they are, like all other Europeans, a hodge podge. But they also have more in common genetically with Italians than any other population in the Balkans, and more in common with Greeks and Italians than they have in common with other populations traditionally thought of as Slavs. Where are you getting your information?
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level 56
Apr 22, 2019
When I went to Romania I could understand quite a lot of the signs from my general knowledge of Romance languages (I have learned quite a lot of French and a small amount of Spanish, as well as some phrases in Italian, but never any Romanian).
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level 59
May 1, 2019
Romanians are not Slavic, nor are Hungarians, Estonians, Lithuanians, Latvians or Moldovans. Not everyone east of Germany is a Slav.
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level 62
May 1, 2019
When in Rome, do as the Romanians I always say.
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level 69
Feb 21, 2019
Having the number of speakers and the percentage that represents was big help. By working out the total population based on those two I got Romania and Albania.
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level 75
Feb 22, 2019
I used the same reasoning to figure out Brazil and Argentina.
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level 61
May 1, 2019
I used knowing about the post-WWII diaspora of certain Italians and Germans to figure out the South American countries.
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level 35
Feb 22, 2019
No San Marino or Vatican City?
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level 57
Feb 22, 2019
They are very small in terms of population but high in percentage.
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level 60
Apr 21, 2019
Rewording the description to "total number of people" would make the distinction more clear. I also took "most people" to initially mean the percentage of the population.
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level 60
May 3, 2019
They don’t need to clarify anything. Just glance at the percentages, realize that you’re wrong, and move on with the quiz.
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level 73
Mar 8, 2019
I made the same mistake at first before I realized it was about total number of speakers and not percentage.
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level 34
Feb 24, 2019
Got Albania but missed USA and UK. Facepalm for real.
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level 65
Feb 24, 2019
Glad to see Italy at 100%
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level 45
Feb 24, 2019
Vatican, San Marino, Monaco, and maybe malta, liechtenstein.
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level 59
Feb 24, 2019
Are there 800k people living in any of those places?
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level 59
Feb 25, 2019
not even combined :D
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level 46
May 1, 2019
Nice one. 100% with 53 secs. remaining. Romania took me a while.
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level 15
May 1, 2019
I had everything except for Romania
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level 58
May 1, 2019
I totally missed this one because all I could think of was Vatican and San Marino, where almost everyone speaks Italian but only percent wise. Could you make that more clear ? It is the number of people and not the percentage of the population ?
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level 31
May 1, 2019
Damn... I missed France because I thought I had tried that one already!
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level 21
May 1, 2019
Why is Italy 99%
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level 66
May 1, 2019
Because still today some italians speak only their local dialect.