French Speaking Countries

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.

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 Area Population 2018 Growth Rate
France551,695 km²65,233,2710.39%
Canada9,984,670 km²36,953,7650.90%
Madagascar587,041 km²26,262,8102.71%
Ivory Coast322,463 km²24,905,8432.52%
Cameroon475,442 km²24,678,2342.60%
Niger1,267,000 km²22,311,3753.88%
Burkina Faso272,967 km²19,751,6512.91%
Mali1,240,192 km²19,107,7063.05%
Senegal196,722 km²16,294,2702.80%
Chad1,284,000 km²15,353,1843.04%
Guinea245,857 km²13,052,6082.64%
Rwanda26,338 km²12,501,1562.40%
Belgium30,528 km²11,498,5190.61%
Benin112,622 km²11,485,6742.77%
Burundi27,834 km²11,216,4503.24%
Haiti27,750 km²11,112,9451.20%
Switzerland41,284 km²8,544,0340.80%
Togo56,785 km²7,990,9262.48%
Republic Of The Congo342,000 km²5,399,8952.64%
Central African Republic622,984 km²4,737,4231.68%
Gabon267,668 km²2,067,5612.09%
Equatorial Guinea28,051 km²1,313,8943.64%
Djibouti23,200 km²971,4081.51%
Comoros1,862 km²832,3472.26%
Luxembourg2,586 km²590,3211.18%
Vanuatu12,189 km²282,1172.13%
Saint Lucia616 km²179,6670.46%
Seychelles452 km²95,2350.53%
Dominica751 km²74,3080.52%
Monaco2.02 km²38,8970.52%