The top 5 Spanish speaking countries


Which countries are included may surprise you

When discussing the Spanish language, many people think of Spain, images of Don Quixote, flamenco dancers and Spanish wines popping up in their minds. It is true that the language that we call Spanish today did originate in Spain, but it’s also important to keep in mind which countries have the highest Spanish speaking populations today, so let’s take a look.

#5 – Spain


Number of Speakers: 34 million

Other languages spoken include: Catalan, Basque, Galician

Cultural Contributions: The movies of Pedro Almodovar, Enrique and Julio Iglesias, the literature of Miguel de Cervantes, the art of Pablo Picasso.

#4 – United States of America


Number of Speakers: 40 million

Other languages spoken include: English, Chinese, Tagalog

Cultural Contributions: Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Cisneros, the cultural activism of Cesar Chavez, as well as playing host to many Hispanic celebrities who left their home countries, like Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan.

#3 – Argentina


Number of Speakers: 42 million

Other languages spoken include: English, Italian, Arabic

Cultural Contributions: Jorge Luis Borges, Che Guevara, Tango music, Soccer players Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, Pope Francis.

#2 – Colombia


Number of Speakers: 46 million

Other languages spoken include: Several indigenous languages including Chibchan, Tucanoan, Bora-witoto

Cultural Contributions: Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Shakira, Juanes.

#1 – Mexico


Number of Speakers: 111 million

Other languages spoken include: Nahuatl, Yukatek Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec

Cultural Contributions: Artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Mariachi music, poet Octavio Paz, comedian Chespirito.

Were you surprised by any of these rankings? Is there anything else you would like us to include? Let us know in the comments below!

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by Laura Brewer