The European countries with German-speaking majorities are Germany (95%, 78.3 million), Austria (89%, 8.9 million), and Switzerland (65%, 4.6 million), also known as the "D-A-CH" countries, an acronym for Deutschland (Germany), Austria, and Confoederatio Helvetica (the Swiss Confederation ).
German (Standard High German: Deutsch, pronounced ⓘ) is a West Germanic language mainly spoken in Western Europe and Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and official or co-official language in Germany , Austria , Switzerland , Liechtenstein , and the Italian province of South Tyrol .
Brazil (3.2%) Italy (0.4%) Others (4.1%) The following is a list of the countries and territories where German is an official language (also known as the Germanosphere ). It includes countries that have German as (one of) their nationwide official language (s), as well as dependent territories with German as a co-official language.
History portal v t e The German diaspora ( German: Deutschstämmige) consists of German people and their descendants who live outside of Germany. The term is used in particular to refer to the aspects of migration of German speakers from Central Europe to different countries around the world.
This article details the geographical distribution of speakers of the German language, regardless of the legislative status within the countries where it is spoken. In addition to the German-speaking area in Europe, German-speaking minorities are present in many countries and on all six inhabited continents.
The German language (native name: Deutsch) has its roots in the Indo-European language family. With 75.76 million native speakers, German has the highest prevalence in Germany. A total of about 96.8 million people worldwide speak German as their mother tongue.