Germanic-speaking world

The Germanic-speaking world[1][2] is the part of the world where Germanic languages are either official, co-official, or significantly used, comprising Germanic-speaking Europe as well as parts of North America, Germanic-speaking Africa, Australia and Germanic-speaking Asia.

Distribution of the Germanic languages in the world
Distribution of the Germanic languages in Europe:
West Germanic languages
  Dutch
  Scots
North Germanic languages
  Danish
Dots indicate areas where multilingualism is common.

It includes, for example, the English-, German-, Dutch-, Danish-, Swedish- and Norwegian-speaking communities.

Over 200 million Europeans (some 30%) speak a Germanic language natively. At the same time 515 million speak a Germanic language natively in the whole world (6.87%) (the plurality of whom are speakers of North American English, with approximately 245 million native speakers).


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