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The World Map Highlights the Nations where Arabic is an Official, Co-official, and Minority Language

 

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Arabic, which is a Central Semitic language, is a widely spoken languages around the world. It is estimated that currently there are approximately 420 million speakers (including both native and non-native) across the globe, and most of these are confined to the Arab states located in the Middle East and North Africa. The fifth most spoken language, Arabic is the official language of the Arab League, a regional organization of Arab countries. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Arabic’s sound system and writing style is different as compared to English, and other European languages. Unlike European languages, which are written from left to right, Arabic is written from right to left. This rich language has left a lasting impression on many other languages, such as Persian, Turkish, Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi, Kazakh, Indonesian, and others. Some common English words that have Arabic origin are coffee, cotton, magazine, algebra, candy, and assassin to name just a few. Similarly, Arabic too has borrowed some words from Persian, Greek, and even French, and English.

There are 14 nations where Arabic is the sole official language. Of these, four are located in Africa and include; Tunisia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Libya. The rest of the countries where Arabic is the official language are situated in the Middle East, and include; Palestine, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.

Arabic is the co-official language in 13 nations. Of these Malta is the only European nation where Arabic is the co-official language. The other countries where Arabic is a co-official language are largely situated in Africa, while a few are also located in the Middle East. These are Djibouti, Chad, Eritrea, Israel, Somalia, Sudan, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Comoros, and Tanzania.

Arabic also enjoys minority, or national language status, in six nations: Cyprus, Iran, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Turkey.

Get to know in which nations Arabic is the official, co-official, and minority language by referring to the table below

Country Language Status
 Djibouti Co-Official
 Chad Co-Official
 Eritrea Co-Official
 Israel Co-Official
 Somalia Co-Official
 Sudan Co-Official
 Morocco Co-Official
 Algeria Co-Official
 Iraq Co-Official
 Lebanon Co-Official
 Malta Co-Official
 Comoros Co-Official
Tanzania Co-Official
Cyprus Minority Language
Iran Minority Language
Mali Minority Language
Niger Minority Language
Senegal Minority Language
Turkey Minority Language
 Palestine Official Language
 United Arab Emirates Official Language
 Yemen Official Language
 Libya Official Language
 Qatar Official Language
 Bahrain Official Language
 Kuwait Official Language
 Oman Official Language
 Mauritania Official Language
 Syria Official Language
 Egypt Official Language
 Saudi Arabia Official Language
 Jordan Official Language
 Tunisia Official Language

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