A Guide to Which Countries Drive on the Right Side or the Left
One of the most romantic languages, French is also one of the most widely spoken languages around the world. Apart from France, French is also the national language in many other countries. It is estimated that there are around 220 million speakers of the French language across the globe. Knowing French can be helpful as it is a major language of international communication given the number of French speakers. The language of the enlightened, French is also the working language and official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO and other organizations. It is a useful language for business. In 2011, the Bloomberg Businessweek had stated that French was the third most useful language for business following English and Standard Mandarin Chinese.
Currently, there are 29 countries in the world where French is the official language or the co-official language. Apart from France, there are 12 other nations where French is the official language. Barring Monaco, which is located in Europe, rest of the nations are situated in Africa. These are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, and Togo.
In 16 countries, French is the co-official language along with other languages. In Canada a majority of French speakers live in Quebec. In Switzerland, French is the official language along with German, Italian, and Romansh. In Belgium it is the official language along with Dutch and German. In Burundi, French is the official language along with Kirundi, while in Luxembourg it is French, Luxembourgish, and German. Other nations where French is the co-official language are Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, and Vanuatu.
The table below provides information about the nations where French is the official language.
|Central African Republic||Co-official|