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How many languages are spoken in the world ?

As per an article from [1] Ethonologue, there are 7,097 languages in the world.

Studies show that languages are most widely spread in Africa and Asia that represent more than 2/3 of the total number.

While the number of languages in Europe only represents 4% of the total, they are spoken by 22% of the planet while Asian languages are spoken by more than 50%.

 

Percentage of world language per region

  1. Asia          32% Р2,300
  2. Africa       30% Р2,143
  3. Pacific      19% Р1,306
  4. Americas 15% – 1,060
  5. Europe     4%  Р288

Number of speakers in million per region

  1. Asia            4,015
  2. Europe      1,726
  3. Africa        980
  4. Americas  49.2
  5. Pacific       6,884

source: [1] https://www.ethnologue.com/guides/how-many-languages