Swati

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A language of Swaziland

Alternate Names
Isiswazi, Ngwane, Phuthi, Siswati, Swazi, Tekela, Tekeza
Population

980,000 in Swaziland (2010 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 4,724,200 (as L1: 2,324,200; as L2: 2,400,000).

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (2005, Constitution, Article 3(2)).

Dialects

Baca, Hlubi, Phuthi (Sephuthi).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: High. Taught in all national schools. Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Bible: 1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Glossonym: Siswati in Swati, Swazi in Zulu [zul]. Highly educated. Christian, traditional religion.

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