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Latin America: share of indigenous language speakers 2018, by country

A recent survey estimated that 7.5 percent of the population in Latin America spoke a native or indigenous language as their mother tongue. Among the countries included in the study, the highest share was found in Paraguay, where 49 percent of respondents said their first language was either native or indigenous. Bolivia followed second, with 31.9 percent of the people interviewed having an indigenous language as their mother tongue.

Share of indigenous or native language speakers in Latin America in 2018, by country

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Source

Release date

November 2018

Region

LAC

Survey time period

June 15 to August 2, 2018

Number of respondents

20,204 respondents

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

The original question posed on the survey was: "¿Cuál es su idioma materno?"
This graph shows the share of respondents who answered: "Lengua autóctona/Indígena"

Data collection was outsourced to different consultancy companies in each country. The date of survey, number and age of respondents may vary from one country to another.
More methodological information is available here.

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