65,000 in Indonesia (2004 D. Andersen). Population does not include those in other provinces.
Southeast Sulawesi Province. Buton island, southwest coast towards Buntung strait; Baubau city, adjacent areas northeast and east. Also in Malaysia.
Former court language of Baubau Sultanate, and surrounding communities; formerly used by nobility in the region. Wolio is declining in the urban center, but being maintained at the rural periphery. Children in villages use Wolio, but city children primarily use Indonesian. Also use Indonesian [ind].
‘Buton’ usually used generically inside Southeast Sulawesi to refer to Wolio; outside Southeast Sulawesi it refers to people from Southeast Sulawesi, or is sometimes confused with Bajau people as sailors. Muslim.