The official languages are those languages that hold a special recognition from a specific region or political area. The official languages are generally used in all governmental interactions, including: court cases, administrative actions and written laws and regulations. The designation of an official language does not determine how civilians can communicate, but rather how the government will communicate with civilians. About the countries 101 have established 2 or more official languages and other countries 77 have designated the official language 1. This article examines the main 3 most famous official languages in the world.
The most popular official languages in the world
English is the official language of the sovereign countries of 59, making it the most popular official language in the world. Of these countries, 24 are in Africa, 16 in the Americas, 12 in Oceania, 4 in Asia and 3 in Europe. It should be noted that in the countries where most of the British reside (United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand) English is the de facto language rather than de jureor legal, language. In general, English has become the official language of most of these countries because they were once part of the British Empire. Eritrea and Rwanda, however, are the exception to this generalization. Furthermore, English is the official language of the Commonwealth of Nations and one of the official languages of the European Union, the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee.
The second most popular official language in the world is French. French has been designated as the official language of the countries 29. In 13 of these countries, French is the only official language; in the remaining 16, it shares its distinction with 1 or more other languages. Its official status is further divided by continent as follows: 21 countries in Africa, 5 in Europe, 2 in the Americas and 1 in Oceania. Together, these countries have a total population of 434,578,054. Like English, French is the official language in countries that were once French colonies. Other entities dependent on 12 have listed French as the official language. These places include: 6 Overseas collectivities, 2 Dependencies of the British crown, 1 Autonomous Region of Italy, District 1 TAAF (French Southern and Antarctic Lands),
Arabic is the third most popular official language in the world. It is designated as the official language of the 27 countries. Of these, 14 are in Africa and 13 are in Asia. Twenty-two of these countries are members of the Arab League. With around 422 million speakers worldwide, Arabic is also one of the best 5 most spoken languages. Historically, Arabic was the official language of both Spain and Portugal from the 9th century until the 15th century AD and from Sicily and Malta from the 9th century until the 12th century AD Today, Maltese Arabic is one of the official languages of Malta, the which makes the EU member the only one to have an Arabic dialect as an official language. However, Arabic is one of the official languages of the European Union.
The graph published below offers a complete list of the most popular official languages in the world.
The most popular official languages of the world
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