Countries with the Most Languages In The World

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By Balogun Kamilu Lekan

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Languages are spread unequally throughout the world. That trend is evident whether we look at whole regions or individual countries.

Below is a list of countries where the most languages are spoken today according to Ethnologue

1. Papua New Guinea: 840 languages

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Papua New Guinea has a whopping 840 languages spoken throughout the country. This island in the southwestern Pacific has a population of only 8 million people, but it has more than double the number of languages spoken in Europe.

2. Indonesia: 715 languages

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Indonesian is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world; however, the country’s civilians speak 706 other languages. Indonesia has 707 distinct languages, the majority of which are indigenous.

3. Nigeria: 527 languages

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There are numerous African languages spoken throughout the world. Nigeria, in particular, is home to 527 languages. The official language is English, but Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa are widely spoken in the country.

4. India: 456 languages

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There are 22 different official languages in India. Assamese, Dogri, Kannada, Gujarati, Bodo, Manipur, Oriya, Marathi, Santali, Telugu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Malayalam, Konkani, and Kashmiri are a few of these. Others include Bengali, Hindi, Maithili, Nepalese, Sanskrit, Tamil, Urdu, Assamese, Dogri, Kannada, Gujarati, Bodo, and Manipur India, however, has 456 different languages in total.

USA: 337 languages

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There is no official language in the USA. Although many people believe that English is the only language spoken in this country, there are 430 languages. That list includes Spanish and other widely spoken languages in the USA, including Chinese (and its variants), French, and Tagalog.


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