Wikipedians by language

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Here is an overview of the number of Wikipedians per language, compared to the total number of speakers. The number of speakers is taken from http://www.nicemice.net/amc/tmp/lang-pop.var, or from Wikipedia where that source does not provide a number.

The columns give Wikipedians per million speakers, Wikipedians and speakers in millions; the number of Wikipedians is as of September 1, 2004. Furthermore, languages with less than 100,000 speakers have been taken apart in a second table.


  • *: number of speakers taken from Wikipedia
  • *s: idem, reduced to 6 million because with more it would have been on the list
  • @: number of speakers taken from elsewhere
is:     104        26      0.25
he:      46.5     237      5.1
ga:      46.2      12      0.26
de:      45.2    5465    121
sv:      38.6     347      9
cy:      36.7*     22      0.6
da:      31.8     159      5
et:      31.8      35      1.1
nl:      30.1     632     21
oc:      25.7       9      0.35
fi:      23.5     141      6
no:      23.2     116      5
en:      22.3   10487    470
fy:      21.4      15      0.7
csb:     20.0*      4      0.2
eu:      16.7      10      0.6
gl:      15.5@     48      3.1
sl:      15.5      34      2.2
ca:      14.0*     70      5
wa:      13.3*      8      0.6
pl:      12.3     539     44
ja:      11.3    1418    125
fr:      10.2    1264    124
nds:      8.5@     17      2.0
ast:      8.3@      5      0.6
cs:       5.1      61     12
it:       5.0     317     63
bg:       4.6      41      9
af:       4.1      26      6.4
hu:       3.7      56     15
hr/bs/sr  3.7   <= 78          21
lt:       3.3      13      4
co:       2.9@      1      0.34
nah:      2.7*      4      1.5
lv:       2.5       4      1.6
als:      2.0@      3      1.5
ro:       1.7      45     26
el:       1.6      19     12
es:       1.5     539    362
sk:       1.4       8      5.6
ms:       1.2      22     18
sq:       1.2*S     7      6
pt:       1.0     179    182
tpi:      1.0*      2      2
tt:       0.8       5      6
th:       0.7      14     21
ku:       0.6       7     11
zh:       0.5=    481   1012
fa:       0.5=     18     34
ko:       0.5      38     75
tr:       0.5      30     59
tl:       0.5       7     15
be:       0.5       5     10
mk:       0.5       1      2
ru:       0.4     112    288
uk:       0.4      15     41
yi:       0.3       1      3
ar:       0.2=     31    135
id:       0.2      31    140
vi:       0.2      11     67
sw:       0.2*      5     30
mg:       0.2*s     1      6
qu:       0.2*s     1      6
mn:       0.2@      1      4.5
ka:       0.2       1      3.9
ur:       0.1       7     57
minnan:   0.1       6     49
ml:       0.1       5     34
ta:       0.1       5     69
su:       0.1       2     27
gn:       0.1*      1      6
sn:       0.1       1      7
yo:       0.1       1     20
az:       0.0=      1     21
hi:       0.0       7    418
gu:       0.0       2     44
te:       0.0       2     73
jv:       0.0       2     76
kn:       0.0       1     44
bn:       0.0       1    196
ks:       0.0       0      4.4
st:       0.0       0      5
tk:       0.0*      0      6.4
ug:       0.0       0      7
om:       0.0       0     23??
mr:       0.0       0     65

mini-languages:

kw:     857.1*      3      0.0035
na:     428.6*      3      0.007
chr:    214.3@      3      0.014
fo:      83.3*      4      0.048
mi:      20.0*      1      0.05
bi:      16.7@      1      0.06
gd:      16.4*      1      0.061
rm:       0.0@      0      0.04
gv:       0.0@      0      0.0003

Languages with no or almost no native speakers:

eo:               189
ia:                21
la:                51
simple:            79
sa:                 3
io:                 8
tokipona:          10
vo:                 4
tlh:                2
jbo:                1
ie:                 0