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Language > Spanish speakers: Countries Compared

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Author: Edria Murray, 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 Mexico 86.21 million 1995
2 Colombia 34 million 1995
3 Argentina 33 million 1995
4 Spain 28.17 million 1999
5 United States 22.4 million 1990
6 Venezuela 21.48 million 1995
7 Peru 20 million 1995
8 Chile 13.8 million 1995
9 Cuba 10 million 1995
10 Ecuador 9.5 million 1995
11 Dominican Republic 6.89 million 1995
12 El Salvador 5.9 million 1995
13 Honduras 5.6 million 1996
14 Guatemala 4.67 million 1995
15 Nicaragua 4.35 million 1995
16 Bolivia 3.48 million 1995
17 Puerto Rico 3.44 million 1996
18 Costa Rica 3.3 million 1995
19 Uruguay 3 million 1995
20 Panama 2.1 million 1995
21 Paraguay 110,000 1979
22 Belize 80,477 1991
23 Andorra 24,600 1986
24 Morocco 20,000 1993
25 Equatorial Guinea 11,500 1993
26 Philippines 2,658 1990

Citation

"Countries Compared by Language > Spanish speakers. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Ethnologue. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Language/Spanish-speakers

Language > Spanish speakers: Countries Compared Map

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Interesting observations about Language > Spanish speakers

All of the top 7 countries by spanish speakers are Christian.
All of the top 2 countries by spanish speakers are Catholic.
2 of the top 5 countries by spanish speakers are Heavily indebted.
2 of the top 5 countries by spanish speakers are High income OECD.
Spain ranked first for spanish speakers amongst Southern Europe in 1999.
Andorra ranked last for spanish speakers amongst Europe in 1986.
Mexico ranked first for spanish speakers globally in 1995.
2 of the top 23 countries by spanish speakers are Tourist destination.

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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, Staff Editor

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

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