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Spread of the Italian language

This smaller map removes the countries where Italian is dominant. This map therefore only shows 11.7% of all speakers of Italian. The territories omitted are Italy, Holy See and San Marino.

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Italian is spoken by roughly 62 million people in at least 30 territories. Due to a harsh economic climate, many Italians migrated to the Americas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, resulting in large Italian-speaking populations in the United States, Canada, and much of South America, notably Argentina and Brazil.

Within Italy, a large number of dialects continue to thrive. Friulian and Sardinian are generally recognised as distinct languages, with large numbers of speakers .

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


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