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Official Languages of the World

This list is provided as a guide to the languages spoken officially in countries around the world.

Country

Capital

Official language(s)

Afghanistan

Kabul

Dari, Pushtu

Albania

Tirana

Albanian

Algeria

Algiers

Arabic

Andorra

Andorra
la Vella

Catalan

Angola

Luanda

Portuguese

Antigua
and Barbuda

Saint
John’s

English

Argentina

Buenos
Aires

Spanish

Armenia

Yerevan

Armenian

Australia

Canberra

English

Austria

Vienna

German

Azerbaijan

Baku

Azerbaijani

Bahamas

Nassau

English

Bahrain

Manama

Arabic

Bangladesh

Dhaka

Bengali

Barbados

Bridgetown

English

Belarus

Minsk

Belarusian,
Russian

Belgium

Brussels

Dutch (Flemish), French

Belize

Belmopan

English

Benin

Porto-Novo

French

Bhutan

Thimphu

Dzongkha

Bolivia

La
Paz/Sucre

Spanish, Aymara, Quechua

Bosnia

Sarajevo

Bosnian

Botswana

Gaborone

English

Brazil

Brasilia

Portuguese

Brunei,
Sultanate of

Bandar Seri Begawan

English; Malay

Bulgaria

Sofia

Bulgarian

Burkina
Faso

Ouagadougou

French

Burma–
see Myanmar

Burundi,
Republic of

Bujumbura

French; Kirundi

Cambodia

Phnom Penh

Khmer

Cameroon

Yaounde

French, English

Canada

Ottawa

English, French

Cape
Verde Islands

Praia

Portuguese

Central
African Rep

Bangui

French

Chad

N’Djamena

French; Arabic

Chile

Santiago

Spanish

China
(P.R.)

Beijing

Mandarin, Cantonese

Colombia

Bogota

Spanish

Comoros

Moroni

Comorian, Arabic, French

Congo

Brazzaville

French

Congo,
Democratic Republic of

Kinshasa

French

Costa
Rica

San Jose

Spanish

Croatia

Zagreb

Croatian

Cuba

Havana

Spanish

Cyprus

Nicosia

Greek; Turkish in Northern Cyprus

Czech
Republic

Prague

Czech

Denmark

Copenhagen

Danish

Djibouti

Djibouti

Arabic and
French

Dominica

Roseau

English

Dominican
Republic

Santo Domingo

Spanish

East Timor

Dili

Tetum, Portuguese

Ecuador

Quito

Spanish

Egypt

Cairo

Arabic

El
Salvador

San Salvador

Spanish

Equatorial
Guinea

Malabo

Spanish, French

Eritrea

Asmara

Tigrinya; Arabic

Estonia

Tallinn

Estonian

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

Amharic

Fiji

Suva

English

Finland

Helsinki

Finnish, Swedish

France

Paris

French

Gabon

Libreville

French

Gambia

Banjul

English

Georgia

Tbilisi

Georgian

Germany

Berlin

German

Ghana

Accra

English

Greece

Athens

Greek

Grenada

Saint George’s

English

Guatemala

Guatemala City

Spanish

Guinea

Conakry

French

Guinea–Bissau

Bissau

Portuguese

Guyana

Georgetown

English

Haiti

Port-au-Prince

French

Honduras

Tegucigalpa

Spanish

Hungary

Budapest

Hungarian

Iceland

Reykjavik

Icelandic

India

New Delhi

English, Hindi

Indonesia

Jakarta

Indonesian

Iran

Tehran

Farsi

Iraq

Baghdad

Arabic

Ireland

Dublin

Irish, English

Israel

Jerusalem

Hebrew; Arabic

Italy

Rome

Italian

Ivory
Coast

Yamoussoukro
(official); Abidjan (
de facto)

French

Jamaica

Kingston

English

Japan

Tokyo

Japanese

Jordan

Amman

Arabic

Kazakhstan

Astana

Kazakh

Kenya

Nairobi

English, Swahili

Kiribati

Tarawa Atoll

English; Kiribati

Korea,
South

Seoul

Korean

Korea,
North

Pyongyang

Korean

Kosovo

Pristina

Albanian, Serbian

Kuwait

Kuwait City

Arabic

Kyrgyz
Republic

Bishkek

Kyrgyz, Russian

Laos

Vientiane

Lao

Latvia

Riga

Latvian

Lebanon

Beirut

Arabic

Lesotho

Maseru

Sesotho, English

Liberia

Monrovia

English

Libya

Tripoli

Arabic

Liechtenstein

Vaduz

German

Lithuania

Vilnius

Lithuanian

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

French,
German and Luxemburgish

Macedonia

Skopje

Macedonian

Madagascar

Antananarivo

Malagasy

Malawi

Lilongwe

English

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Malay

Maldives

Male

Dhivehi

Mali,
Republic of

Bamako

French

Malta

Valletta

Maltese

Marshall
Islands

Majuro

Marchallese, English

Mauritania,
Islamic Republic of

Nouakchott

Arabic, French

Mauritius

Port Louis

English,
French

Mexico

Mexico City

Spanish

Micronesia,
Federated States of

Palikir

English

Moldova

Chisinau

Moldovan (Romanian)

Monaco,
Principality of

Monaco

French

Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar

Mongolian

Montenegro

Podgorica

Montenegrin

Morocco

Rabat

Arabic

Mozambique

Maputo

Portuguese

Myanmar

Naypyidaw

Burmese

Namibia

Windhoek

English

Nauru

government offices in Yaren
District

English, Nauruan

Nepal

Kathmandu

Nepali

Netherlands

Amsterdam

Dutch

New
Zealand

Wellington

English, Maori

Nicaragua

Managua

Spanish

Niger

Niamey

French

Nigeria

Abuja

English

Norway

Oslo

Norwegian

Oman

Muscat

Arabic

Pakistan

Islamabad

Urdu, English

Palau

Melekeok

English, Palauan, Japanese

Panama

Panama City

Spanish

Papua
New Guinea

Port Moresby

English, Pidgin, Motu

Paraguay

Asuncion

Spanish

Peru

Lima

Spanish

Philippines

Manila

Filipino, English

Poland

Warsaw

Polish

Portugal

Lisbon

Portuguese

Qatar

Doha

Arabic

Romania

Bucharest

Romanian

Russian
Federation

Moscow

Russian

Rwanda

Kigali

Kinyarwanda, French, English

Samoa

Apia

English

San
Marino , Rep. Of

San Marino

Italian

São Tomé
and Príncipe

Sao Tome

Portuguese

Saudi
Arabia

Riyadh

Arabic

Senegal

Dakar

French

Serbia

Belgrade

Serbian

Seychelles

Victoria

English, French

Sierra
Leone

Freetown

English

Singapore

Singapore

English, Malay, Chinese, Tamil

Slovakia

Bratislava

Slovak

Slovenia

Ljubljana

Slovenian

Solomon
Islands

Honiara

English

Somalia

Mogadishu

Somali, Arabic

South
Africa

Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein

Afrikaans, English

Spain

Madrid

Spanish

Sri
Lanka

Colombo

Sinhala, Tamil

St
Kitts–Nevis

Basseterre

English

St
Lucia

Castries

English

St
Vincent & the Grenadines

Kingstown

English

Sudan

Khartoum

Arabic

Surinam

Paramaribo

Dutch

Swaziland

Mbabane

English

Sweden

Stockholm

Swedish

Switzerland

Bern

German, French, Italian, Romansch

Syria

Damascus

Arabic

Tajikistan

Dushanbe

Tajik

Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Dodoma

English, Swahili

Thailand

Bangkok

Thai

Togo

Lome

French

Tonga

Nuku’alofa

Tongan, English

Trinidad
& Tobago

Port-of-Spain

English

Tunisia

Tunis

Arabic

Turkey

Ankara

Turkish

Turkmenistan

Ashgabat

Turkmen

Tuvalu

Funafuti

Tuvaluan, English

Uganda

Kampala

English

Ukraine

Kyiv

Ukrainian

United
Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

Arabic

United
Kingdom

London

English

United
States of America

Washington

English (National language de facto)

Uruguay

Montevideo

Spanish

Uzbekistan

Tashkent

Uzbek

Vanuatu

Port-Vila

English, French, Bislama

Vatican City

Vatican City

Latin, Italian

Venezuela

Caracas

Spanish

Vietnam

Hanoi

Vietnamese

Yemen

Sanaa

Arabic

Zambia

Lusaka

English

Zimbabwe

Harare

English

Names of overseas and external territories and the official languages used therein

Territories

Official
language
(s)

Åland
Islands

Swedish

American Samoa

English

Anguilla

English

Aruba

Dutch

Bermuda

English

British
Indian Ocean Territory

English

British
Virgin Islands

English

Cayman
Islands

English

Christmas Island

English
(de facto)

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

English
(de facto)

Cook Island

English, Maori

Falkland
Islan
ds

English

Faroe
Islands

Danish, Faroese

French Guiana

French

French Polynesia

French

French Southern and Antarctic
Lands

French

Gibraltar

English

Greenland

Danish

Guadeloupe

French

Guam

English

Hong Kong

English, Chinese

Guernsey

English, French

Isle of Man

English, Manx

Jersey

English, French

Macau

Chinese, Portuguese

Madeira

Portuguese

Martinique

French

Mayotte

French

Montserrat

English

Netherlands Antilles

Dutch, English

New
Caledonia

France

Niue

English, Niuean

Norfolk Island

English

Northern
Mariana Islands

English, Chamorro, Carolinian

Palestinian National Authority

Arabian

Pitcairn Islands

English

Puerto
Rico

English, Spanish

Réunion

French

Saint Helena

English

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

French

South Georgia and the South
Sandwich Islands

English

Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Norwegian

Taiwan

Mandarin, Cantonese

Tokelau

English

Turks &
Caicos Islands

English

United States Virgin Islands

English

Wallis and Futuna

French

Western Sahara

Arabian

Although we have endeavoured to ensure maximum accuracy of the list provided therein the information should be used as reference material only. Diskusija disclaims any liability for any errors occurring in the list or damage caused by the use thereof.

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