South Africa

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Official Name
Republic of South Africa
Population Full

52,982,000 (2013 UNDESA)

Principal Languages
Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Literacy Rate
87% (2007 UNESCO)
Immigrant Languages
American Sign Language, Angloromani (7,900), Dutch (12,000), Eastern Yiddish, Greek (17,000), Gujarati (25,800), Hai||om, Hakka Chinese (10,000), Italian (16,000), Kung-Ekoka (3,500), Northwestern !Kung, Portuguese (1,500,000), Shona (18,000), Standard German (12,000), Tamil (26,000), Telugu (4,000), Yue Chinese (15,000)
Deaf Population
383,000
General References
Brenzinger 1998; Ruhlen 1987; Van der Merwe and van Niekerk 1994; Voegelin and Voegelin 1977
Language Counts
The number of individual languages listed for South Africa is 32. Of these, 28 are living and 4 are extinct. Of the living languages, 13 are institutional, 5 are developing, 4 are vigorous, and 6 are dying.
Products
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