4,740,000 in South Africa (2006 census), decreasing. Population total all countries: 4,949,410.
Widespread, but less speakers in East Cape and KwaZuluNatal provinces. Also in Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Germany, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Swaziland, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1996, Constitution, Art 6(1)).
Cape Afrikaans (West Cape Afrikaans), East Cape Afrikaans, Orange River Afrikaans. A variant of the Dutch [nld] spoken by the 17th century colonists, with some lexical and syntactic borrowings from Malay [zlm], Bantu languages, Khoisan languages, Portuguese [por], and other European languages. Earliest Afrikaaners were brought from Java 300 years ago.
10,300,000 L2 speakers. Some also speak English [eng].