Arabic Speaking Countries 2019

There are a total of 25 independent states and territories that has Arabic as their native language. The most populous of these is Egypt. The country of Egypt has a population of around 90 million people. Over 93% of the total population – or over 82 million people – in Egypt speak Arabic, which is the official language of the nation.

All 25 countries which have Arabic as their official or co-official language are as follows, in alphabetical order:

There are six independent nations where Arabic is either the national language or an official minority language. However, it is not the primary language. In Cyprus, Iran and Turkey, Arabic is a minority language. In Mali, Niger and Senegal, it is the national language.

There are also four independent nations where Arabic is officially recognized in the constitution and has a special status. This applies to Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the Philippines.

In addition to the independent countries that recognize Arabic as an official language, there are nine non-sovereign entities and regions where Arabic is an official or de facto official language.

These regions include Azawad, Iraqi Kurdistan, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Khatumo, Puntland, Rojava, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Somaliland and the Syrian opposition.

Country Population 2019
Algeria43,053,054
Bahrain1,641,172
Chad15,946,876
Comoros850,886
Djibouti973,560
Egypt100,388,073
Eritrea3,497,117
Iraq39,309,783
Jordan10,101,694
Kuwait4,207,083
Lebanon6,855,713
Libya6,777,452
Mauritania4,525,696
Morocco36,471,769
Oman4,974,986
Palestine4,981,420
Qatar2,832,067
Somalia15,442,905
Sudan42,813,238
Syria17,070,135
Tanzania58,005,463
Tunisia11,694,719
United Arab Emirates9,770,529
Yemen29,161,922