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Spread of the Persian language

This smaller map removes the countries where Persian is dominant. This map therefore only shows 9.7% of all speakers of Persian. The territories omitted are The Islamic Republic of Iran and Afghanistan.

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Persian (Farsi and Dari) is spoken by 30 million people, in at least 26 territories. Farsi and Dari are the local names in Iran and Afghanistan respectively. The language is also closely related to Tajik. There is debate about to what extent Tajik, Farsi and Dari should be considered separate languages, or dialects of a Persian language continuum.

The majority of the population of Persian-speakers are in Iran and Afghanistan, with significant numbers also found in Pakistan, Turkey, the United States, Iraq, Canada and Saudi Arabia.

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

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