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Spread of the Mandarin language

This smaller map removes the countries where Mandarin is dominant. This map therefore only shows 1% of all speakers of Mandarin. The territory omitted is China.

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Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world, as measured by first language speakers. There are around 900 million first-language speakers; the vast majority of whom live in China. Speakers numbering hundreds of thousands are also found in many other Asian countries, and also the United States, Canada and Japan.

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak Mandarin as a first language that live in that territory.

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