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Swahili Language
Kiswahili
Spoken natively in  Burundi
 DR Congo
 Comoros (as Comorian)
 Kenya
 Mozambique
 Oman
 Seychelles (as Shimaore)
 Mauritius
 Rwanda
 Tanzania
 Uganda
 Malawi[1]
Native speakers First language: 5–10 million
First and second language: 50+ million[2]  (date missing)
Language family
Niger-Congo
  • Swahili Language
Writing system Latin, Arabic
Official status
Official language in  African Union
 Kenya
 Tanzania
 Uganda
Regulated by Baraza la Kiswahili la Taifa (Tanzania)
Language codes
ISO 639-1 sw
ISO 639-2 swa
ISO 639-3 swainclusive code
Individual codes:
swc – Congo Swahili
swh – Coastal Swahili
Linguasphere 99-AUS-m

[[File:Maeneo penye wasemaji wa Kiswahili.png

  Coastal areas where Swahili or Comorian is the indigenous language,
  official or national language,
  and trade language. As a trade language, Swahili extends some distance further to the northwest.
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  1. Ethnologue list of countries where Swahili is spoken
    Thomas J. Hinnebusch, 1992, "Swahili", International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Oxford, pp. 99–106
    David Dalby, 1999/2000, The Linguasphere Register of the World's Languages and Speech Communities, Linguasphere Press, Volume Two, pg. 733–735
    Benji Wald, 1994, "Sub-Saharan Africa", Atlas of the World's Languages, Routledge, pp. 289–346, maps 80, 81, 85
  2. Lutz Marten, "Swahili", Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed., 2006, Elsevier