Millions speaking Spanish


List of Spanish-speaking Countries by Population

Spanish-speaking countries map
Country Population
Mexico 106,535,000
Spain 45,200,737
Colombia 44,075,701
Argentina 41,000,000
United States 34,000,000*
Peru 28,674,757
Venezuela 28,199,822
Chile 16,598,074
Guatemala 13,354,000
Ecuador 13,341,000
Cuba 11,268,000
Dominican Republic 9,760,000
Bolivia 9,525,000
Honduras 7,106,000
El Salvador 6,857,000
Paraguay 6,127,000
Nicaragua 5,603,000
Costa Rica 4,468,000
Puerto Rico 3,991,000
Panama 3,343,000
Uruguay 3,340,000
Jamaica 2,651,000**
Trinidad and Tobago 1,305,000**
Equatorial Guinea 507,000
Western Sahara 382,617**
Belize 314,275**
Andorra 71,822
Gibraltar 28,875
* In the 2006 census, 44.3 million people of the U.S. population were of Hispanic heritage; 34 million people, 12.2 per cent, of the population older than 5 years speak Spanish at home. In the U.S., Spanish has a long history in the United States (many southern states were part of Mexico and Spain) and it recently has been revitalized by much immigration from Latin America. Spanish is the most widely taught foreign language in the country. Although the U.S. has no formally designated “official languages”, Spanish is formally recognized at the state level, beside English; in the U.S. state of New Mexico 30 per cent of the population speak it. Spanish is the dominant spoken language in Puerto Rico. In total, the U.S. has the world’s fifth-largest Spanish-speaking population.** Significant numbers of the populations of these countries speak SpanishSpanish was the original official language of the The Phlippines for more than three centuries, and became the lingua franca of the Philippines in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Spanish was the language of the Philippine Revolution, and the 1899 Malolos Constitution proclaimed it as the official language. However, Spanish was spoken by a total of 60% of the population in the early 1900′s as a first, second or third language. Following the American occupation of the Philippines, its use declined after 1940. Currently, only a few Mestizos of Spanish or Hispanic origin speak it as their first language, although a few others use it together with Filipino and English.