Languages in Latin America

The main languages in Latin America are Portuguese and Spanish.


Languages in Latin America in 2017
Portuguese 196.0 Million (48% of LatAm)
Spanish 193.0 Million (48% of LatAm)
French 15.1 Million (4% of LatAm)

  • Portuguese and Spanish are the fastest growing European languages in the world after English.
  • Portuguese and Spanish are romance languages, just like French and Italian.
  • 78% of the world's Portuguese speakers live in Brazil.

Country Main Language Population
Brazil Brazil Portuguese 203.4 Million
Colombia Colombia Spanish 44.7 Million
Argentina Argentina Spanish 41.7 Million
Peru Peru Spanish 29.3 Million
Venezuela Venezuela Spanish 27.6 Million
Chile Chile Spanish 16.9 Million
Ecuador Ecuador Spanish 15.0 Million
Guatemala Guatemala Spanish 13.8 Million
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