Map of the Romance Speaking World

Here is a very nice map of the parts of the world that speak a Romance language, in whole or in part. The main languages covered here are Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian.

Nice map of the Romance languages of the world. Click to enlarge.

The heavy Spanish speaking zone is Spain, Rio Muni, New Mexico and Latin America except for Brazil, the Guyanas, Haiti and some Caribbean islands that speak French. To a lesser extent, it is spoken Spanish Sahara and Belize. To a much lesser extent, it is spoken in  parts of the US and in the Philippines where it is a dying colonial language.

The heavy Portuguese speaking zone is Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, other parts of Africa and East Timor. In the latter countries, it is a lingua franca.

French is heavily spoken in France, Quebec, French Guyana, French Polynesia, Belgium and Switzerland, less heavily in much of Africa, especially Congo, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Mali, Togo, Cote d’Ivorie, Burkino Faso, Senegal, West Africa, Central Africa, Djibouti and Madagascar, less in the rest of Canada, and even less in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Louisiana, where it is a dying colonial language overtaken by national languages in Southeast Asia, Arabic in Northwest Africa and English in Louisiana

Italian is spoken heavily in Italy and less so in Libya and Albania.

Romanian is spoken heavily in Romania, Moldova and Serbia.

6 thoughts on “Map of the Romance Speaking World”

  1. Dear Robert
    I noticed that Quebec has dark blue and the rest of Canada is in light blue. This is a bit misleading. In most of Canada, French is just as irrelevant as in the US, but the Canadian government has this foolish policy of official bilingualism from coast to coast, unlike more sensible countries like Belgium, Switzerland and Finland.
    In my opinion, it is best to use territoriality in language policy, one language on this side of the line and another on the other side of the line.
    Regards. James

    1. Actually, it is spoken in a couple other places next to Romania. I fixed the text. Interesting map. I don’t know the names of all of those African countries though; I wish I did.

  2. “I don’t know the names of all of those African countries though; I wish I did”

    Maybe you would like some help from some extremely racist assholes?

    (Warning: This site is very racist. It is an offshoot of the ‘famed’ Niggermania site called Chimpout.)

    http://www.chimpout.info/atlas.htm

    I honestly can’t figure out who had enough time to make this, but I’m guessing these guys don’t get out much.

    1. Yeah I read through that site a while back. You have to admit that it’s funnier than Hell. There’s even a mail section where people write in. All these Black guys write in saying, “Ok, this is some pretty funny shit, but you guys are racist assholes, so fuck you.” I spent a few days on Chimpout and Niggermania and I was laughing most of the time. How bad could those sites be if they made me laugh for 3 days straight?

      You gotta admit that Nigger World Atlas is a classic of racist humor.

      Alpha hates those sites though, and she hates racist humor. She’s not happy with me for laughing at racist but I just can’t help it.

      1. I admit, I laugh my ass off at some of that stuff. Sometimes their shit is so cruel it’s just funny. I read through a lot of chimpout, but I’ve never been much of a niggermania person.

        “You gotta admit that Nigger World Atlas is a classic of racist humor”

        Yes it is, but what I don’t like about it is that it’s often extremely repetitive. A joke can be funny once, but over and over again it gets repetitive. A lot of the people on that site are knuckle draggers plain and simple, even if they do come up with the occasional gem.

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