Number of Living Languages

Did you know that there are 6909 living languages in the world?

Distribution of languages by area of origin

Area Living languages Number of speakers
Count Percent Count Percent Mean Median
Africa 2,110 30.5 726,453,403 12.2 344,291 25,200
Americas 993 14.4 50,496,321 0.8 50,852 2,300
Asia 2,322 33.6 3,622,771,264 60.8 1,560,194 11,100
Europe 234 3.4 1,553,360,941 26.1 6,638,295 201,500
Pacific 1,250 18.1 6,429,788 0.1 5,144 980
Totals 6,909 100.0 5,959,511,717 100.0 862,572 7,560

Source: Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 2009.

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