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Language > Spanish speakers: Countries Compared

Author: Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

Author: Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese and English. Globally there are with between 322,200,000 to 358,000,000 speakers of Spanish as their first language and 417,000,000 speakers including second and subsequent language users.

Originally the language of Spain, after the arrival in the Americas of Christopher Columbus in 1492, the Spanish Colonial empire spread bringing the Spanish language with it. Areas in the Americas under Spanish control included most of South and Central America, Mexico, parts of the Caribbean and much of the United States. Most of the spanish speakers in the world today live in these formerly colonised regions.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 MexicoMexico 86.21 million 1995
2 ColombiaColombia 34 million 1995
3 ArgentinaArgentina 33 million 1995
4 SpainSpain 28.17 million 1999
5 United StatesUnited States 22.4 million 1990
6 VenezuelaVenezuela 21.48 million 1995
7 PeruPeru 20 million 1995
8 ChileChile 13.8 million 1995
9 CubaCuba 10 million 1995
10 EcuadorEcuador 9.5 million 1995
11 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 6.89 million 1995
12 El SalvadorEl Salvador 5.9 million 1995
13 HondurasHonduras 5.6 million 1996
14 GuatemalaGuatemala 4.67 million 1995
15 NicaraguaNicaragua 4.35 million 1995
16 BoliviaBolivia 3.48 million 1995
17 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico 3.44 million 1996
18 Costa RicaCosta Rica 3.3 million 1995
19 UruguayUruguay 3 million 1995
20 PanamaPanama 2.1 million 1995
21 ParaguayParaguay 110,000 1979
22 BelizeBelize 80,477 1991
23 AndorraAndorra 24,600 1986
24 MoroccoMorocco 20,000 1993
25 Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea 11,500 1993
26 PhilippinesPhilippines 2,658 1990

Citation

"All countries compared for Language > Spanish speakers", Ethnologue. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Language/Spanish-speakers

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Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese and English. Globally there are with between 322,200,000 to 358,000,000 speakers of Spanish as their first language and 417,000,000 speakers including second and subsequent language users.

Originally the language of Spain, after the arrival in the Americas of Christopher Columbus in 1492, the Spanish Colonial empire spread bringing the Spanish language with it. Areas in the Americas under Spanish control included most of South and Central America, Mexico, parts of the Caribbean and much of the United States. Most of the spanish speakers in the world today live in these formerly colonised regions.

Posted on 31 Mar 2005

Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

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