Interesting Facts About Spanish

Spoken by over 400 million people, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language worldwide. It is the official language in over 20 countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ecuatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela. A significant percentage of the world's Spanish-speaking population resides in North America (Mexico, U.S., Canada, with over 34%). In Canada it is the mother-tongue of growing and vibrant Latin American and Spanish communities and it is the fifth most common home language in Toronto.

Spanish Speaking Population by Region

Region Population (Number of People) Percentage of the
Total Spanish Speaking Population
North America 154,276,438 34.10 %
Central America 40,982,389 9.06 %
South America 191,225,429 42.26 %
Islands 24,889,213 5.50 %
Europe 40,491,051 8.95 %
Africa 616,459 0.14 %
Total Worldwide 452,480,979 100.00

Spanish Speaking Population by Country

Country Population
(Number of People)
Percentage of the Total Spanish Speaking Population
1. Mexico 109,955,400 24.30 %
2. Colombia 45,013,674 9.95 %
3. United States 44,321,038 9.80 %
4. Argentina 40,677,348 8.99 %
5. Spain 40,491,051 8.95 %
6. Perú 29,180,899 6.45 %
7. Venezuela 26,414,815 5.84 %
8. Chile 16,454,143 3.64 %
9. Ecuador 13,927,650 3.08 %
10. Guatemala 13,002,206 2.87 %
11. Cuba 11,423,952 2.52 %
12. Dominican Republic  9,507,133  2.10 %
13. Bolivia 9,247,816 2.04 %
14. Honduras 7,639,327 1.69 %
15. El Salvador 7,066,403 1.56 %
16. Paraguay 6,831,306 1.51 %
17. Nicaragua  5,785,846 1.28 %
18. Costa Rica 4,195,914 0.93 %
19. Puerto Rico 3,958,128 0.87 %
20. Uruguay 3,477,778 0.77 %
21. Panama 3,292,693 0.73 %
22. Equatorial Guinea 616,459 0.14 %
Total Worldwide 452,480,979 100.00 %