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How many people in the world use Korean language?

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Korean is the Language that Korean people use, unlike many other countries which use several different languages, all Koreans speak and write the same language. There are several different dialects, however the difference is so minute that Koreans understand without and difficulties. Guess how many people use Korean language and how many speak Korean outside Korea?

Most Used Languages Ranking


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Within Korea, approximately 46.4 million South Koreans and 21.4 million North Koreans ( nearly 70 million in total ) speak Korean as their mother tongue. Quite a number of people aboard also speak Korean. Following China and Israel, Korean has third largest community of overseas resident. As of 2003 the number of overseas Koreans was estimated at 6 million.

  • 49.03% of them live in Asian countries including China and Japan
  • 40.4% in USA and Canada
  • 10.73% in Europe

Korea is a small country and yet the number of people who use the  Korean language ranks 12th in the world.

Credit: Seoul National University

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