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The Portuguese-Speaking World

Spoken by nearly 300 million people throughout the world, Portuguese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Having its bulk of native speakers in Brazil, Portuguese is also spoken as primary and secondary language in many other countries in the five continents. Browse through the list below and find out more on how the Portuguese gained the prominence it nowadays have as a world language:


Country Languages (%)
Andorra Catalan (official), French, Castilian, Portuguese
Angola Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages
Bermuda English (official), Portuguese
Brazil Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language); note - less common languages include Spanish (border areas and schools), German, Italian, Japanese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages
Cape Verde Portuguese, Crioulo (a blend of Portuguese and West African words)
Gibraltar English (used in schools and for official purposes), Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Guinea-Bissau Portuguese (official), Crioulo, African languages
Jersey English 94.5% (official), Portuguese 4.6%, other 0.9% (2001 census)
Mozambique Emakhuwa 26.1%, Xichangana 11.3%, Portuguese 8.8% (official; spoken by 27% of population as a second language), Elomwe 7.6%, Cisena 6.8%, Echuwabo 5.8%, other Mozambican languages 32%, other foreign languages 0.3%, unspecified 1.3% (1997 census)
Portugal Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official - but locally used)
Sao Tome and Principe Portuguese (official)
Switzerland German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8% (2000 census)

note: German, French, Italian, and Romansch are all national and official languages
Timor-Leste Tetum (official), Portuguese (official), Indonesian, English

note: there are about 16 indigenous languages; Tetum, Galole, Mambae, and Kemak are spoken by significant numbers of people
World Mandarin Chinese 13.22%, Spanish 4.88%, English 4.68%, Arabic 3.12%, Hindi 2.74%, Portuguese 2.69%, Bengali 2.59%, Russian 2.2%, Japanese 1.85%, Standard German 1.44%, French 1.2% (2005 est.)

note: percents are for "first language" speakers only

Source: CIA – The World Factbook