Language Info

Somali written in Latin script

Below you'll find all the characters used to write this language and all the countries where this language is used.

Alternate Scripts for Somali

  • Somali can also be written using the Osmanya script

Standard Characters

The minimal characters required for this language

Auxiliary Characters

Additional letters (beyond the minimal set) used in foreign or technical words found in typical magazines, newspapers, etc..

Punctuation Characters

The marks used to separate sentences and to clarify meaning

Unicode Blocks

Somali uses characters from the following Unicode blocks


The worldwide literate language population for Somali is 15,899,255 people across 4 countries.


8,604,492 people
78.00% literate in Somali


6,321,000 people
6.00% literate in Somali


619,004 people
1.30% literate in Somali


354,759 people
41.00% literate in Somali


Our data is sourced from a number of places, and we want to give them credit here. We use ISO639 codes for the country codes that support the language.

  1. Unicode CLDR
  2. CLDR Exemplar Characters