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German-Speaking Countries

Name all the countries where German is an official language.
Sovereign states only!
Last updated: September 20, 2018
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% Native Speakers
Country
93%
Austria
92%
Germany
86%
Liechtenstein
65%
Switzerland
2%
Luxembourg
0.6%
Belgium
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level 32
Jan 11, 2016
Weird that Austria should have more German-speakers than Germany.
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level 59
Jan 20, 2016
There are more native German speakers in Germany. It's just the percentage that is higher in Austria (as in 93% of the Austrian population of about 8.6 million vs. 92% of the German population of about 81.3 million).
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level 63
Jul 17, 2018
I think we all understand percentage, including the OP, hence his statement.
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level 44
Jan 31, 2016
I think Germany just has a higher percentage of immigrants from non-native German speaking countries.
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level 67
Jun 18, 2016
There are also minorities like sorbs and frisians and some more, who doesn't speak german as first language.
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level 50
Sep 14, 2016
But the minorities do not carry that much weight (less than 300k speakers). It's the immigrants, of course.
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level 19
Nov 16, 2017
Not necessary. North Frisian and Danish in Schleswig-Holstein. Saterland Frisian in Lower Saxony. Plattdütsch in northern and Western Germany. Sorbian in Saxony and Brandenburg. And Berlin is de facto Anglophone.
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level 47
Feb 22, 2018
Plattduetsch is just a dialect - it's still German -and I can't believe there are many Danish speakers in Schelswig - Holstein, I spent a year there and the only ones I met were Danish Expats. I don't think many people speak Fresian either Immigrants - especially from Turkey would be in far higher numbers
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level 45
Nov 16, 2018
I'm from Hamburg in Northern Germany. There are approximately 100.000 Danish speakers in Schleswig-Holstein. They have significant political influence, but certainly aren't enough to have a huge effect on this quiz. Friesans speak German - there are virtually no German communities that rely on Plattdeutsch alone.
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level 38
Dec 21, 2018
it could be just an statistical error if were talking about 1 percent.
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level 65
Jan 31, 2016
Thanks for the 5 points :-)
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level 45
Jan 31, 2016
italy? south tyrol?
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level 43
Jan 31, 2016
True but Germany still isn't an official language in Italy. Similarly, if it was a quiz on countries that have Spanish as an official language the US wouldn't be on it despite our large Spanish speaking population.
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level 66
Jan 31, 2016
English wouldn't be either - no official language in the U.S.
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level 47
Feb 1, 2016
cdguy24 german is an official language in trentino/southtyrol. the same for french in aosta valley
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level 35
Feb 1, 2016
@Martinz it needs to be the country official language rather than individual area's.
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level 47
Jan 31, 2016
German is co-official in South Tyrol, which is in Italy
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level 31
May 20, 2016
yup :)
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level 61
Jan 31, 2016
German is also an official language in Vatican City (as well as english, italian and latin)
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level 58
Jan 31, 2016
Good quiz!
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level 71
Feb 1, 2016
You forgot Namibia. The official languages there are English and German.
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level 65
Feb 3, 2016
Not anymore. In 1990 Namibian government declared English as the sole official language. German (and couple of other languages) were declared "regional languages" with somewhat lower status than English
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level 67
Jan 20, 2018
They are "recognized national languages". Ranking beneath the "Official Language" English, but are still officialy recognized nationaly.
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level 64
Mar 19, 2016
5% of people in Italy (according to wiki) have German as their first language. Maybe this should be included.
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level 58
May 25, 2016
note, this says only including dose offiscial languagesofficial languages.
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level 60
Dec 22, 2018
It's not 5%, but about 0,53% (according to the 2011 census). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Tyrol#Languages https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Italy#Vital_statistics_since_1900[34][35][36] Still, German is an official language in the Italian South Tyrol province so I think Italy should be included in this quiz
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level 71
Dec 22, 2018
That‘s not how official languages work. Official languages are valid throughout the whole country. In Switzerland, you can ask the government anything you want as long as you use an official language and have the right to receive the answer in the same language (even for Romansch). Sure you can speak German with the government of South Tyrol, but I‘m sure the officials in Rome know nothing about German as it isn‘t used here. German is a regional language in parts of Trentino-Alto Adige, but isn‘t practised in other parts. Therefore, Italy isn‘t in this quiz (legitimately). The sole official language of Italy is Italian as it is valid from Sicily up to South Tyrol.
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level 75
May 1, 2016
Good job keeping the time limit short-- I got them all with 3 seconds to spare. Short time limit=people engage the quiz and have to think about it instead of just typing really fast the same answers from the all the countries of the world quiz.
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level 75
Nov 16, 2017
I got them all with 50 seconds to spare. What were you doing with all that time?
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level 63
Jul 17, 2018
If you're really testing your knowledge the clock is irrelevant, no need to hurry along to keep viewers from switching channels. If you're really testing yourself and your knowledge you click "Give up" when you're through writing what you know. What is there to gain by typing random nothingness? A cookie? A report card to show your parents? You're testing your knowledge in front of only yourself with nothing to prove to anyone but yourself, nothing to gain, no sense in cheating or guessing.
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level 45
Jan 30, 2019
My thoughts exactly, though a lot of people are extremely competitive. I seem to lack that gene, dont care if everybody beats me. But do care if I let myself down, done worse than I could have. Not much either, but I like to improve myself :)
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level 50
May 23, 2016
What's about Italy?
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level 59
Apr 2, 2017
Happy about those 5 points :-)
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level 45
Dec 22, 2017
What is the other 14% in Liechtenstein?
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level 32
Feb 21, 2018
If I had to guess, I would say either French or Italian.
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level 48
Feb 21, 2018
Only 0.6% in Belgium? Urgh can they do anything right???
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level 52
Feb 23, 2018
...is that wrong?
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level 47
Feb 22, 2018
what about namibia
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level 48
Feb 22, 2018
Who would have guessed Liechtenstein as German.
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level 67
Jul 6, 2018
Me
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level 69
Dec 21, 2018
All the people who know that it is in the Alps or who are barely aware of how German words look like?
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level 66
Dec 21, 2018
Yes, that's the joke.
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level 69
Dec 21, 2018
You can never be sure on this website.
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level 38
May 5, 2018
Sandwiched between German speaking countries, why wouldn't it be? A greater surprise for me were Belgium and Luxembourg.
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level 44
Jul 6, 2018
What about Namibia?
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level 79
Nov 16, 2018
Sayeth Wikipedia: "Upon Namibian independence in 1990, English was enshrined as the nation's sole official language in the constitution of Namibia. German and Afrikaans were stigmatised as having colonial overtones"
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level 75
Jul 6, 2018
Man leave it to the Belgians to infect yet another list. There are other countries in the world you know...
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level 38
Nov 16, 2018
Also add Namibia, around %1 of the population speak german
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level 19
Dec 21, 2018
Damn it Switzerland!
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level 48
Dec 21, 2018
German is an official language in the Italian region of Sudtirol, thus Italy should be included in the list
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level 66
Dec 21, 2018
But Suditrol is not a country, and Italy as a country does not have German as an official language.
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level 31
Dec 21, 2018
Missed Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Don't know too much about either.
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level 16
Dec 22, 2018
Namibia, South Africa and Botswana have alot of German speakers too, could have added more answers to this quiz.
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level 45
Jan 30, 2019
Another one missing the idea of the quiz. If a german family moves to my country. German is spoken here too, so it should be on the list right?..
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level 30
Dec 22, 2018
All done with 43 seconds left, 12/22/2018 at 12:25 or 12:26 PM.