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Spread of the Javanese language

This smaller map removes the countries where Javanese is dominant. This map therefore only shows 0.7% of all speakers of Javanese. The territory omitted is Indonesia.

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Javanese is spoken by around 72 million people, the vast majority of them living around the central and eastern parts of the Indonesian island of Java.

Outside of Indonesia, the largest populations are in Malaysia and Suriname (where Javanese people were taken by the Dutch as plantation workers). Speakers are also present in smaller numbers in the Netherlands, France, Singapore, the United States.

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

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