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.

Rank Flag Country Population 2019
1Egypt100,388,073
2Tanzania58,005,463
3Algeria43,053,054
4Sudan42,813,238
5Iraq39,309,783
6Morocco36,471,769
7Yemen29,161,922
8Syria17,070,135
9Chad15,946,876
10Somalia15,442,905
11Tunisia11,694,719
12Jordan10,101,694
13United Arab Emirates9,770,529
14Lebanon6,855,713
15Libya6,777,452
16Palestine4,981,420
17Oman4,974,986
18Mauritania4,525,696
19Kuwait4,207,083
20Eritrea3,497,117
21Qatar2,832,067
22Bahrain1,641,172
23Djibouti973,560
24Comoros850,886