Top 217 Written Languages

World Population: 7,409,494,938 The number of people alive on the planet.

Literate World Population: 6,056,004,386 81.7% of the world population is literate (can read or write at least one language)

Worldwide Language Population: 8,331,644,941 The number of people that can read or write languages. Many people are literate in multiple written languages, which is why this number is higher than world population.

Languages are written in one or more scripts. A script is simply a collection of letters and other written signs used to represent textual information. View Unicode Scripts for more info on the list of Scripts available.

Language (Script) Population # Countries # Fonts Supporting
English (Latin) 1,560,564,492 147 60,269
Chinese (Simplified) 1,246,337,104 5 5
Hindi (Devanagari) 527,223,073 5 47
Spanish (Latin) 476,841,407 37 33,288
Arabic (Arabic) 323,004,801 36 57
French (Latin) 259,176,155 62 28,118
Bangla (Bangla) 258,969,180 4 18
Urdu (Arabic) 258,846,282 3 22
Portuguese (Latin) 230,340,528 14 33,299
Russian (Cyrillic) 195,794,014 22 1,509
Indonesian (Latin) 167,079,364 2 60,269
Swahili (Latin) 151,550,283 9 60,286
Punjabi (Arabic) 143,447,500 1 22
German (Latin) 134,402,814 27 32,777
Japanese (Japanese) 120,563,891 2 61
Telugu (Telugu) 92,299,677 1 7
Marathi (Devanagari) 89,735,800 1 47
Javanese (Latin) 88,974,124 2 34,110
Vietnamese (Latin) 83,815,196 3 815
Persian (Arabic) 80,740,270 8 39
Tamil (Tamil) 80,589,627 6 14
Turkish (Latin) 79,109,897 10 4,638
Korean (Korean) 77,149,545 6 7
Cantonese (Simplified) 71,723,597 1 5
Italian (Latin) 70,357,005 15 34,736
Filipino (Latin) 63,925,429 2 35,487
Gujarati (Gujarati) 57,692,537 2 10
Thai (Thai) 54,731,280 1 193
Kannada (Kannada) 47,431,780 1 5
Pashto (Arabic) 45,719,749 4 19
Chinese (Traditional) 43,718,100 16 5
Malayalam (Malayalam) 41,587,914 8 0
Odia (Odia) 41,022,080 1 5
Polish (Latin) 38,458,028 7 5,517
Punjabi (Gurmukhi) 36,425,419 4 12
Burmese (Myanmar) 35,610,668 2 13
Amharic (Ethiopic) 34,814,468 2 9
Oromo (Latin) 33,982,124 3 60,269
Hausa (Latin) 32,911,982 3 309
Dutch (Latin) 31,405,176 9 1,438
Ukrainian (Cyrillic) 29,361,938 5 635
Sindhi (Arabic) 27,924,043 2 25
Uzbek (Latin) 25,770,120 3 729
Yoruba (Latin) 25,521,759 2 636
Igbo (Latin) 24,782,160 1 750
Malay (Latin) 24,773,491 3 60,269
Malagasy (Latin) 22,548,780 1 34,403
Romanian (Latin) 22,348,614 6 2,106
Nepali (Devanagari) 20,236,864 3 47
Assamese (Bangla) 16,665,219 1 21
Somali (Latin) 15,899,255 4 60,269
Sinhala (Sinhala) 15,238,392 1 5
Khmer (Khmer) 14,422,005 1 13
Zulu (Latin) 13,601,029 5 60,269
Czech (Latin) 13,020,746 2 5,094
Swedish (Latin) 12,645,258 4 34,395
Greek (Greek) 12,501,710 10 921
Hungarian (Latin) 12,491,025 8 5,466
Kazakh (Cyrillic) 11,876,853 2 665
Low German (Latin) 11,550,597 2 34,554
Shona (Latin) 11,182,131 1 60,286
Central Kurdish (Arabic) 11,037,262 2 23
Quechua (Latin) 10,989,182 3 1,156
Akan (Latin) 10,724,961 1 422
Kinyarwanda (Latin) 10,311,671 3 60,269
Wolof (Latin) 10,278,098 2 3,597
Belarusian (Cyrillic) 10,138,393 3 1,335
Xhosa (Latin) 9,891,068 2 60,269
Tigrinya (Ethiopic) 9,882,311 3 6
Azerbaijani (Latin) 9,463,900 3 787
Afrikaans (Latin) 8,998,973 3 34,731
Catalan (Latin) 8,502,430 4 28,316
Tajik (Cyrillic) 8,468,560 1 627
Hebrew (Hebrew) 8,299,710 1 253
Sichuan Yi (Yi) 8,275,800 1 6
Bambara (Latin) 8,227,192 1 327
Serbian (Latin) 8,216,289 7 5,021
Kikuyu (Latin) 8,094,669 1 4,479
Bulgarian (Cyrillic) 8,019,140 6 1,548
Swiss German (Latin) 7,850,429 4 35,937
Uyghur (Arabic) 7,589,152 2 20
Serbian (Cyrillic) 7,552,416 4 1,319
Standard Moroccan Tamazight (Tifinagh) 7,477,074 1 21
Fulah (Latin) 7,422,054 12 344
Rundi (Latin) 7,224,084 1 60,269
Danish (Latin) 6,835,734 4 32,520
Croatian (Latin) 6,757,796 8 5,021
Albanian (Latin) 6,746,395 7 34,230
Slovak (Latin) 6,681,188 4 5,024
Turkmen (Latin) 6,622,621 3 5,043
Kurdish (Latin) 6,610,868 7 5,267
Cantonese (Traditional) 6,472,350 1 5
Finnish (Latin) 5,686,298 4 25,297
Kashmiri (Arabic) 5,520,413 3 13
Armenian (Armenian) 5,417,368 8 136
Norwegian Bokmål (Latin) 5,321,543 2 31,996
Luyia (Latin) 5,237,727 1 60,269
Ganda (Latin) 5,144,113 1 3,649
Bemba (Latin) 4,951,320 1 60,327
Lao (Lao) 4,917,429 1 14
Konkani (Devanagari) 4,743,178 1 47
Luo (Latin) 4,666,338 1 60,316
Uzbek (Cyrillic) 4,467,852 2 661
Ewe (Latin) 4,379,049 2 266
Georgian (Georgian) 4,340,151 3 122
Mazanderani (Arabic) 4,101,080 1 39
Bosnian (Latin) 3,817,618 1 5,021
Bosnian (Cyrillic) 3,817,618 1 1,319
Kamba (Latin) 3,618,793 1 4,477
Kalenjin (Latin) 3,618,793 1 60,329
Galician (Latin) 3,442,249 2 34,826
Central Atlas Tamazight (Latin) 3,330,696 1 267
Zarma (Latin) 3,271,701 1 325
Kabyle (Latin) 3,195,613 1 281
Tibetan (Tibetan) 2,970,135 3 4
Tachelhit (Tifinagh) 2,956,842 1 21
Tachelhit (Latin) 2,956,842 1 267
Lingala (Latin) 2,911,128 4 290
Mongolian (Cyrillic) 2,855,596 2 762
Kyrgyz (Cyrillic) 2,778,777 1 683
Sango (Latin) 2,756,308 1 34,721
Nyankole (Latin) 2,492,916 1 60,269
Lithuanian (Latin) 2,436,599 2 4,597
Gusii (Latin) 2,333,169 1 60,286
Chiga (Latin) 2,136,785 1 60,269
Soga (Latin) 2,097,215 1 60,269
Tatar (Cyrillic) 1,991,611 1 676
Northern Luri (Arabic) 1,961,524 2 8
Luba-Katanga (Latin) 1,915,927 1 340
Meru (Latin) 1,904,628 1 4,477
Teso (Latin) 1,895,589 2 60,307
Slovenian (Latin) 1,858,801 4 5,578
Bodo (Devanagari) 1,794,716 1 70
North Ndebele (Latin) 1,656,612 1 60,270
Uzbek (Arabic) 1,603,865 1 19
Macedonian (Cyrillic) 1,596,113 3 1,324
Masai (Latin) 1,571,114 2 220
Norwegian Nynorsk (Latin) 1,330,012 1 31,996
Makonde (Latin) 1,294,821 1 60,269
Sena (Latin) 1,222,390 1 33,299
Morisyen (Latin) 1,220,751 1 60,276
Makhuwa-Meetto (Latin) 1,195,816 1 60,286
Latvian (Latin) 1,186,230 1 4,383
Irish (Latin) 1,119,282 2 35,355
Azerbaijani (Cyrillic) 1,118,477 2 629
Basque (Latin) 1,066,402 2 34,093
Yiddish (Hebrew) 1,032,232 6 192
Chechen (Cyrillic) 938,902 1 523
Bena (Latin) 917,165 1 60,275
Shambala (Latin) 917,165 1 60,287
Estonian (Latin) 894,691 2 25,294
Ewondo (Latin) 774,841 1 267
Western Frisian (Latin) 734,642 1 1,427
Nuer (Latin) 729,461 1 259
Embu (Latin) 714,235 1 4,477
Chakma (Chakma) 706,162 2 1
Asu (Latin) 647,410 1 60,286
Asturian (Latin) 636,456 1 708
Koyraboro Senni (Latin) 608,096 1 325
Ossetic (Cyrillic) 563,604 2 753
Breton (Latin) 556,981 1 1,146
Welsh (Latin) 527,515 2 3,329
Kabuverdianu (Latin) 510,418 1 35,488
Langi (Latin) 469,372 1 284
Sakha (Cyrillic) 455,225 1 612
Maltese (Latin) 416,338 1 4,181
Machame (Latin) 404,631 1 60,286
Rombo (Latin) 404,631 1 60,286
Vunjo (Latin) 404,631 1 60,286
Luxembourgish (Latin) 398,067 1 35,220
Taita (Latin) 390,448 1 60,286
Jola-Fonyi (Latin) 381,380 1 3,597
Dzongkha (Tibetan) 358,958 2 5
Ngiemboon (Latin) 349,928 1 176
Icelandic (Latin) 339,747 1 27,969
Koyra Chiini (Latin) 304,048 1 325
Basaa (Latin) 299,938 1 121
Nama (Latin) 273,325 1 440
Mundang (Latin) 249,949 1 254
Colognian (Latin) 241,782 1 4,515
Samburu (Latin) 219,032 1 60,319
Kako (Latin) 134,972 1 252
Maori (Latin) 126,289 1 4,666
Vai (Vai) 121,914 1 6
Duala (Latin) 119,975 1 317
Rwa (Latin) 118,691 1 60,286
Metaʼ (Latin) 117,476 1 313
Sangu (Latin) 107,901 1 60,317
Tongan (Latin) 101,155 1 733
Ngomba (Latin) 84,982 1 152
Bafia (Latin) 79,983 1 332
Faroese (Latin) 69,495 2 28,652
Scottish Gaelic (Latin) 64,121 1 34,783
Kalaallisut (Latin) 55,205 2 4,272
Northern Sami (Latin) 50,283 3 3,468
Romansh (Latin) 41,181 1 34,750
Friulian (Latin) 37,282 1 33,535
Aghem (Latin) 34,992 1 180
Hawaiian (Latin) 29,069 1 736
Cherokee (Cherokee) 25,150 1 2
Upper Sorbian (Latin) 12,895 1 4,973
Walser (Latin) 11,183 2 4,458
Kwasio (Latin) 8,998 1 277
Lakota (Latin) 8,165 1 518
Tasawaq (Latin) 8,083 1 325
Lower Sorbian (Latin) 7,011 1 4,917
Yangben (Latin) 2,299 1 330
Cornish (Latin) 2,007 1 60,269
Manx (Latin) 1,687 1 34,742
Inari Sami (Latin) 607 1 3,558
Esperanto (Latin) 298 1 4,279
Interlingua (Latin) 134 2 60,269
Church Slavic (Cyrillic) 0 1 14
Prussian (Latin) 0 0 335
Vai (Latin) 0 1 280
Volapük (Latin) 0 0 35,939
Root (Unknown Script) 0 0 63,340