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Spread of the German language

This smaller map removes the countries where German is dominant. This map therefore only shows 11.1% of all speakers of German. The territories omitted are Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein.

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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.

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak German as a first language that live in that territory.


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