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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Languages of Iraq

According to Ethnologue (↗), a total of 24 living languages are currently used for communication in the Republic of IRAQ. Arabic — particularly the standard and Mesopotamian versions — and Kurdish are Iraq's official languages. Approximately 27,200,000 Iraqis are Standard Arabic communicators, followed by Kurdish (25,354,000 people) and Mesopotamian Arabic (13,400,000 people).

 Other main languages spoken and written in Iraq are Adyghe / Adygey / West Circassian (35,000 communicators), Gulf Arabic (70,000), Judeo-Iraqi Arabic (120), Najdi Arabic (1,480,000), North Mesopotamian Arabic (7,580,000), Armenian (65,000), Assyrian / Lishana Aturaya / Neo-Syriac (153,000), Azeri / South Azerbaijani (2,050,000), Bajelani (60,000), Chaldean (110,000), Domari (23,000), Koy Sanjaq Surat / Koi-Sanjaq Sooret (820), Central Kurdish (4,000,000), Northern Kurdish (3,450,000), Southern Kurdish (150,000), Macho (125,000), Mandaic (5,200), Persian / Iranian (410,000), Sarli / Sarliya (20,000), Shabak (22,000), Syriac (810,000), and Turkmen (405,000). Population stats in parentheses represent the estimated number of language communicators in 2017, based on past data from Ethnologue.

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