Which country has the most official languages?
#94429. Asked by armindasantana. (Apr 09 08 2:13 PM)
India recognizes 23 official languages in its Constitution (Eighth Schedule), although business in the Supreme Court of India is conducted only in English.|
The only other country above 10, as far as I know, is South Africa with 11.
"South Africa has eleven official languages: Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu. In this regard it is second only to India in number."
So, maybe South Africa is the winner,with the following 11 official languages:|
Afrikaans, English, IsiNdebele, IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Northern Sotho, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga.
Just another small comment on India.
Article 343 of the Indian Constitution recognises Hindi in Devanāgarī script as the official language of central government India. The Constitution also allows for the continuation of use of the English language for official purposes.
This list confirms that only Hindi and English are STATEWIDE official languages of India.
NOTE: Hindi, with the largest number of speakers, is the official "union" language of India. English, which is extensively used in business and administration, has the status of a 'subsidiary official language.' The constitution also recognizes in particular 21 other languages that are either abundantly spoken or have classical status. The number of dialects in India is as high as 1,652.|
Also see: Question #34882
NOTE: Regarding Papua New Guinea having the most spoken languages of any country.
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