As well as Germany, German is the main (or one of the main) languages in Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Belgium. There are roughly 97 million first-language speakers, in at least 44 different territories. It has the largest number of first-language speakers in Western Europe. There are sizeable populations in the United States, France, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Namibia, Poland, Canada, Hungary, and Argentina.
There is a variety of German dialects, ranging from High German (Hochdeutsch) in the south of Germany and Austria, to Low German (Plattdeutsch) in the north of Germany.