A map of the world according to the number of languages

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Wednesday 05 July 2017 12:45
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On the subreddit Map Porn user 'glikithvinayaka' created a map of the world by number of official languages.

Official status for languages can be extremely important, particularly in multi-lingual states.

Article 16 of Afghanistan’s Constitution states that the Afghan government give equal status to Pashto and Dari as official languages.

While Eritrea’s constitution of 1997 does not state an official language, but promises that all Eritrean languages will have equality.

Other nations such as the US and Mexico have no official language at federal level.

Using data from CIA Factbook and InfoPlease, indy100 created its own map of this concept.

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Three Languages

  • Belgium (Flemish, French, German)
  • Bolivia (Spanish, Quechua, Aymara)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian)
  • Rwanda (Kinyarwanda, French, English)
  • Seychelles (Seselwa Creole, English, French)
  • Switzerland (German, french, Italian)
  • Vanuatu (Bislama, English, French)
  • Papua New Guinea (Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu, English)

Four Languages

  • Austria (German nationwide, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian each official in one region)
  • Bahrain (Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu)
  • Spain (Castilian Spanish nationwide, Catalan, Galician, Basque each official in one region)
  • Singapore (Mandarin, English, Malay, Tamil)

Five Languages

  • Palau (Palauan, English, Sonsoralese, Tobi, Angaur)

Eleven Languages

  • South Africa (Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu)

Sixteen Languages

  • India (Hindi, English, Bengali, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Kannada, Assamese, Sanskrit, Sindhi)

HT Reddit

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