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Spread of the Tamil language

This smaller map removes the countries where Tamil is dominant. This map therefore only shows 3.3% of all speakers of Tamil. The territories omitted are Sri Lanka and India.

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Tamil is spoken by most of the population of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is spoken in total by roughly 68 million people, in around 16 territories. There are roughly 4.7 million speakers in Sri Lanka, and over a million in Singapore. Other speakers are spread far and wide, in Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States.

Tamil is an ancient language; cave inscriptions in Tamil are dated to somewhere between third and first centuries BC.

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

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