Data source: Ethnologue: Languages  of the World, 15th ed. (2005) & CIA World Fact Book.
Country # of languages % of world                   languages Official or national language(s) Total population (July 2005 est.)
1. Papua New Guinea 820 11.86% Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin,                   English 5,545,268
2. Indonesia 742 10.73% Indonesian 241,973,879
3. Nigeria 516 7.47% Edo, Efik, Adamawa Fulfulde, Hausa, Idoma, Igbo, Central Kanuri,                   Yoruba, English 128,771,988
4. India 427 6.18% Lingua franca: English & Hindi Official languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati,                   Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi,                   Meitei, Nepali, Oriya, Eastern Panjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi,                   Tamil, Telugu, Urdu. 1,080,264,388
5. USA 311 4.50% English Regional: Hawaiian (in Hawaii), Spanish (in New Mexico) 295,734,134
6. Mexico 297 4.30% Spanish 106,202,903
7. Cameroon 280 4.05% English, French 16,380,005
8. Australia 275 3.98% English 20,090,437
9. China 241 3.49% Mandarin Chinese Regional: Daur, Kalmyk-Oirat, Lu, Peripheral Mongolian,                   Central Tibetan, Uyghur, Xibe, Northern Zhuang 1,306,313,812
10. Democratic Republic of Congo 216 3.12% Koongo, Lingala, Luba-Kasai, Congo Swahili, French 60,085,804

 

Country # of languages % of world                   languages Official or national language(s) Total population (July 2005 est.)
11. Brazil 200 2.89% Portuguese 186,112,794
12. Philippines 180 2.60% Filipino, English 87,857,473
13. Malaysia 147 2.13% Malay 23,953,136
14. Canada 145 2.10% English, French 32,805,041
15. Sudan 134 1.94% Standard Arabic 40,187,486
16. Chad 1.22 1.92% Standard Arabic, French 9,826,419
17. Russia 129 1.87% Russian 143,420,309
18. Tanzania 128 1.85% Swahili, English 36,766,356
19. Nepal 125 1.81% Nepali 27,676,547
20. Vanuatu 115 1.66% Bislama, English 205,754

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