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German Speakers Around the World

Total* 
Country
Main Type(s)
Language Status
75,429,000
Germany
Standard German
De facto national
7,409,000
Austria
Standard German (written), Austrian German (Kärntnerisch, spoken)
Official
4,669,000
Switzerland
Standard German (written), Swiss German (spoken)
One of four official
4,508,000
Brazil
Standard German, Hunsrik, Plautdietsch
Minority
1,537,000
USA
Standard German, Hutterite, Pennsylvania Dutch, Plautdietsch
Minority
1,016,000
France
Alsatian (various German dialects)
Minority
788,000
Russia
 
Minority
500,000
Poland
Standard German
Official regional
499,000
Canada
Standard German, Hutterite, Pennsylvania Dutch, Plautdietsch
Minority
400,400
Argentina
Standard German, Plautdietsch
Minority
302,000
Italy
Austrian Standard German (formal),  Austro-Bavarian dialects (spoken)
Official regional
228,000
Kazakhstan
Standard German, Plautdietsch
Official regional
206,000
Paraguay
Standard German, Plautdietsch
Minority
200,000
Israel
Standard German
Minority
101,000
Belgium
Standard German (written), German dialects (spoken)
Official regional
79,000
Australia
Standard German
Minority
60,000
Bolivia
Plautdietsch
Minority
64,000
Romania
Standard German, Transylvanian dialect
Official regional
46,000
Sweden
 
Minority
40,800
Czech Republic
Standard German
Minority
40,000
Mexico
Plautdietsch
Minority
38,200
Hungary
Standard German (formal), other varieties (informal)
Official regional
35,000
Chile
Standard German
Minority
33,300
Ukraine
Standard German
Official regional
32,000
Ecuador
Standard German
Minority
31,000
Kyrgyzstan
 
Minority
30,000
Liechtenstein
Standard German (formal), Liechtenstein dialect (informal)
Official
30,000
Uruguay
Standard German, Plautdietsch
Minority
26,000
Denmark
Standard German
Official regional
22,500
Namibia
Standard German
Official regional
12,000
South Africa
Standard German
Minority
11,000
Colombia
 
Minority
10,200
Luxembourg
Standard German
One of three official
6,900
Belize
Plautdietsch
Minority
5,000
Slovakia
Standard German
Official regional
4,500
Peru
 
Minority
1,500
Venezuela
Alemán Coloniero
Minority

Notes

* As a first language. Figures are estimates, and due to the nature of data collection in this particular field, the level of uncertainty varies between countries.

Sources

Encyclopaedia Britannica. Britannica Book of the Year 2011. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., 2011.

Johnson, S. and N. Braber. Exploring the German Language, 2nd edn. Cambridge, etc.: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Paul, M. P., G. F. Simons et al, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 18th edition, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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