Spanish Speaking Countries

If you’re looking to learn a new language, Spanish will come in handy in many parts of the world. According to a recently published article by the BBC, there are 437 million people who speak Spanish worldwide and currently ranks #3, after Chinese and English, as the most spoken language in the world. According to worldatlas.com there are a total of 21 countries where Spanish is the official language.

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Countries where Spanish is the official language

Argentina

Population: 43.4 million
Location: South America
Argentina’s European-inspired city of Buenos Aires as well as its natural wonders such as Iguazu Falls and Patagonia attract hoards of visitors from around the world.

Bolivia

Population: 10.7 million
Location: South America
Bolivia’s lush landscape remains mostly untouched by humans and offers incredible experiences with nature, such as the Salt Flats of Uyuni.

Chile

Population: 18 million
Location: South America
Chile is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. You can spend the weekend sipping Shiraz in the trendy bohemian neighborhoods of Santiago, trekking up a glacier, around a volcano or through the desert, or admiring the mysterious Moai statues on Easter Island.

Colombia

Population: 48.2 million
Location: South America
Colombia has since reinvented itself since the days it was overrun with drug cartels. The nightlife of Bogota and Medellin is sizzling with salsa clubs while the more romantic, Cartagena, remains a more tranquil getaway.

Costa Rica

Population: 4.8 million
Location: Central America
Costa Rica is incredibly rich in biodiversity ranging from exotic plants to sea animals to other wildlife. The country also produces some of the best coffee in the world.

Cuba

Population: 11.4 million
Location: Caribbean
The land of cigars, rum, salsa cubana and old cars, Old Havana is a unique destination. West of Havana, Viñales Valley is famous for their lush farming land and tobacco production.

Dominican Republic

Population: 10.5 million
Location: Caribbean
The Dominican Republic is bursting at the seams with white beaches, vast coral reefs, jungles, waterfalls and secluded islands. It’s capital city of Santo Domingo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a cultural gem.

Ecuador

Population: 16 million
Location: South America
Thousands of visitors flock to Ecuador to catch a glimpse of the famous Galapagos Islands which is home to many unique species.

El Salvador

Population: 6 million
Location: Central America
Although once considered dangerous for tourist during its civil war in the 1980s, El Salvador is an up-and-coming tourist destination for surfing, hiking volcanoes, visiting Mayan ruins and exploring the black sand beaches of El Tunco.

Equatorial Guinea

Population: 845,00
Location: Africa
In the tropical rainforests of Monte Alen, you can see a slew of animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas and elephants.

Guatemala

Population: 16.4 million
Location: Central America
The enchanting, colonial town of Antigua attracts foreigners from all over the world looking to learn Spanish. Famous sites include the tranquil Atitlan Lake and the impressive Tikal ruins.

Honduras

Population: 8 million
Location: Central America
Occupying a large portion of the Mesoamerican barrier reef, Honduras attracts divers from around the world.

Mexico

Population: 120 million
Location: North America
From the urban metropolis of Mexico City, to the Mayan oasis of Oaxaca, to the beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and a UNESCO World Heritage cuisine, millions of tourists travel to Mexico every year and many others, especially Americans, have decided to call this diverse country “home.”

Nicaragua

Population: 6 million
Location: Central America
Nicaragua is unique in that it touches both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Volcano-boarding down Cerro Negro and exploring the cobblestoned streets of Granada are two of the country's most popular activities.

Panama

Population: 4 million
Location: Central America
Known as the “Crossroads of the Americas,” the Panama Canal is an important link for international, maritime trade. Aside from the canal, Panama offers lovely beaches, volcanos and nature parks as well as manufactures a special coffee grown from volcanic soil.

Paraguay

Population: 6.6 million
Location: South America
Paraguay is landlocked between Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. Due to its harsh geography, poverty and few paved roads, it is one of the least visited countries in South America.

Peru

Population: 31.4 million
Location: South America
Peru is the heartland of the great Inca-empire. Visit the gastronomical hub of Lima, the mesmerizing sight of Machu Picchu and the vast Lake Titicaca, one of the largest lakes in the world with no ocean outlet.

Spain

Population: 46.6 million
Location: Europe
The land of tapas, wine, beaches flamenco and eclectic festivals, like Running of the Bulls, Spain offers a little something for everyone and remains a staple travel destination for tourists around the world.

Uruguay

Population: 3.4 million
Location: South America
The capital city of Montevideo showcases art deco and colonial style homes as well as La Rambla, a waterfront street with fish stalls and parks.

Venezuela

Population: 31 million
Location: South America
With the current political unrest in Venezuela, tourism has almost come to a complete halt. Venezuela is home to Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world.

Countries where Spanish is not the official language but is widely spoken

United States

Location: North America
According to the New York Post, the US has now surpassed Spain in Spanish speakers. “There are 41 million native Spanish speakers living in the US today and another 11.6 million people who are bilingual.”

Belize

Location: Central America

Belize was once a colonized, British territory and when they gained independence, English remained its official language. However, due to it’s location, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the country. According to worldatlas.com, about 57% of the population speak Spanish.

Other places in the world where Spanish is widely spoken

Puerto Rico

Location: Caribbean

According to topuertorico.org, although Puerto Rico is a US Territory, Spanish is the predominant language used. Surprisingly, “fewer than 20% of Puerto Rico’s population speak English fluently.”

*Note: populations were obtained from www.worldbank.org*

Speak Spanish Around the World

There are a vast array of Spanish-speaking countries full of natural wonders, world-renowned cuisines and breathtaking cities. Where will you start your next great adventure?

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