French Speaking Countries | Francophone Countries 2019

What are the countries that speak French? There are a total of 29 countries where French is the official language. French is the only official language for 13 of these countries, while French is the co-official language of 16 countries. Here is a list of all the Francophone countries or French speaking countries in the world:

The most populous country where French is the official language is the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. This nation has a population of over 77 million people. The countries that have French as their official language, in alphabetical order, include:

In addition to these nations, there are also several dependent entities where French has been designated as the official language. French Polynesia, which has a population of 267,000, is the most populous of all of the entities where French is the official language. All of the entities that have French as the official language are, in alphabetical order:

In the United States, French is recognized as a cultural language in both Maine and Louisiana. It is a de facto official language and is used for education, commerce and government services.

Flag Name Population 2019 Area Growth Rate
France65,129,728551,695 km²0.21%
Canada37,411,0479,984,670 km²0.91%
Madagascar26,969,307587,041 km²2.69%
Cameroon25,876,380475,442 km²2.62%
Ivory Coast25,716,544322,463 km²2.58%
Niger23,310,7151,267,000 km²3.87%
Burkina Faso20,321,378272,967 km²2.89%
Mali19,658,0311,240,192 km²3.04%
Senegal16,296,364196,722 km²2.79%
Chad15,946,8761,284,000 km²3.03%
Guinea12,771,246245,857 km²2.88%
Rwanda12,626,95026,338 km²2.64%
Benin11,801,151112,622 km²2.75%
Belgium11,539,32830,528 km²0.50%
Burundi11,530,58027,834 km²3.18%
Haiti11,263,07727,750 km²1.26%
Switzerland8,591,36541,284 km²0.77%
Togo8,082,36656,785 km²2.45%
Republic Of The Congo5,380,508342,000 km²2.60%
Central African Republic4,745,185622,984 km²1.69%
Gabon2,172,579267,668 km²2.52%
Equatorial Guinea1,355,98628,051 km²3.59%
Djibouti973,56023,200 km²1.53%
Comoros850,8861,862 km²2.23%
Luxembourg615,7292,586 km²1.90%
Vanuatu299,88212,189 km²2.46%
Saint Lucia182,790616 km²0.50%
Seychelles97,739452 km²0.66%
Dominica71,808751 km²0.26%
Monaco38,9642.02 km²0.73%