List of Countries That Speak Swahili in the world


Swahili is mostly spoken by East African countries, however the list below includes other African countries outside East Africa that speak Kiswahili

Around 5 million people in Africa speak Kiswahili as a native language while more than 150 million others speak the language as an additional language.

Here is the list of countries that speak Kiswahili:

  1. Tanzania
  2. Burundi
  3. Congo (Kinshasa)
  4. Kenya
  5. Mayotte
  6. Mozambique
  7. Oman
  8. Rwanda
  9. Somalia
  10. South Africa
  11. Uganda
  12. UAE
  13. USA
  14. Northern Malawi
  15. Mozambique
  16. Zambia
  17. Comoros Islands
  18. Northern Madagascar
  19. Ethiopia

In total there are about 19 countries where a significant number of people speak Kiswahili. Outside Africa, it’s in the USA, Oman and UAE where some Kiwahili speakers can be traced to.