Number of native Spanish speakers worldwide 2019, by country

Mexico is the country with the largest number of native Spanish speakers in the world. As of 2019, almost 122 million people in Mexico spoke Spanish as their mother tongue. The nation with the second highest number of native Spanish speakers was Colombia, with over 49 million. Argentina came in third, with around 44 million, and Spain fourth, with nearly 43 million.

Countries with the largest number of native Spanish speakers worldwide as of 2019

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Sources

Release date

October 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

As of 2019**

Special properties

Bilinguals were counted as native Spanish speakers

Supplementary notes

* Figure retrieved from an earlier edition of the publication.
** The date of data collection varies among the countries surveyed. The date of survey shown is the year of publication.
Figures have been rounded.

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