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.

Flag Name Population 2019 Area Growth Rate
Egypt100,388,0731,002,450 km²2.00%
Tanzania58,005,463945,087 km²3.00%
Algeria43,053,0542,381,741 km²1.95%
Sudan42,813,2381,886,068 km²2.42%
Iraq39,309,783438,317 km²2.28%
Morocco36,471,769446,550 km²1.23%
Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²2.33%
Syria17,070,135185,180 km²0.74%
Chad15,946,8761,284,000 km²3.03%
Somalia15,442,905637,657 km²2.90%
Tunisia11,694,719163,610 km²1.12%
Jordan10,101,69489,342 km²1.37%
United Arab Emirates9,770,52983,600 km²1.45%
Lebanon6,855,71310,452 km²-0.05%
Libya6,777,4521,759,540 km²1.48%
Palestine4,981,4206,220 km²2.44%
Oman4,974,986309,500 km²3.01%
Mauritania4,525,6961,030,700 km²2.78%
Kuwait4,207,08317,818 km²1.69%
Eritrea3,497,117117,600 km²1.28%
Qatar2,832,06711,586 km²1.81%
Bahrain1,641,172765 km²4.57%
Djibouti973,56023,200 km²1.53%
Comoros850,8861,862 km²2.23%