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A language of Portugal

Alternate Names
Português
Population

10,600,000 in Portugal. Population total all countries: 202,468,100.

Location

Widespread; also, Azores and Madeira autonomous regions. Also in Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde Islands, Macao, Congo, Curacao, East Timor, France, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Malawi, Mozambique, Paraguay, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, São Tomé e Príncipe, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia.

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Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (2005, Constitution, Article 11(3)).

Dialects

Alentejan (Alentejano), Algarvian (Algarvio), Azorean (Açoriano), Beiran (Beirão), Brazilian Portuguese, Estremenho, Madeirese (Madeirense), Minhotan (Minhoto), Transmontan (Transmontano). Standard Portuguese of Portugal based on Estremenho dialect (Lisbon and Coimbra).

Typology

SVO

Language Use

15,000,000 L2 speakers.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 83%–84%. Fully developed. Bible: 1751–1995.
Writing
Braille script. Latin script, primary usage.
Other Comments

Christian.

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