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French Speaking Countries in Africa

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BENIN
Official Language: French
Capital: Porto Novo

COMOROS
(Federal Islamic Rep.)
Official Languages: Arabic and French
Capital: Moroni
GUINEA
Official Language: French
Capital: Conakry
MAYOTTE
Official Language: French
Capital: Dzaoudzi
BURKINA FASO
Official Language: French
Capital: Ouagadougou

DEM REP CONGO (formerly Zaire)
Official Language: French
Capital: Kinshasa
EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Official Language: Spanish and French
Capital: Malabo

NIGER
Official Language: French
Capital: Niamey
BURUNDI
Official Languages: French, Kirundi, and Kiswahili
Capital: Bujumbura
CONGO (Rep.of )
Official Language: French
Capital: Braazaville

MADAGASCAR
Official Languages: Madagasy and French
Capital: Antananarivo
REUNION
Official Language: French
Capital: St. Denis
CAMEROON
Official Languages: French and English
Capital: Yaounde
COTE D'IVOIRE
Official Language: French
Capital: Abidjan

MALI
Official Language: French
Capital: Bamako

RWANDA
Official Languages: French and Kinyarwanda
Capital: Kigali
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Official Language: French
Capital: Bangui

DJIBOUTI
Official Languages: Arabic and French
Capital: Djibouti
MAURITANIA
(Islamic Rep. of)
Official Languages: Arabic and French
Capital: Nouakchott
SENEGAL
Official Languages: Wolof and French
Capital: Dakar

SEYCHELLES
Official Languages: Creole, English and French
Capital: Victoria

TOGO
Official Language: French
Capital: Lome
CHAD
Official Language: French
Capital: N'Djamena
GABON
Official Language: French
Capital: Libreville
MAURITIUS
Official Languages: English and French
Capital: Port Louis


French Used in Government and Education

ALGERIA
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: Algiers
MOROCCO
(Al-Mamlaka al-Maghrebia)
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: Rabat
TUNISIA
(Al-Djoumhouri Attunisia)
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: Tunis

English Speaking Countries in Africa

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BOTSWANA
Official Language: English
Capital: Gaborone
LESOTHO
(Kingdom of)
Official Languages: Sesotho and English
Capital: Maseru
NIGERIA
Official Language: English
Capital: Abuja
SWAZILAND
(Kingdom of)
Official Languages: English and Siswati
Capital: Mbabane
CAMEROON
Official Languages: French and English
Capital: Yaounde
LIBERIA
Official Language: English
Capital: Monrovia
SEYCHELLES
Official Languages: Creole, English and French
Capital: Victoria
TANZANIA
Official Languages: Kiswahili and English
Capital: Dar es Salaam; Dodoma (administrative)
GAMBIA
Official Language: English
Capital: Banjul
MALAWI
Official Languages: Chichewa and English
Capital: Lilongwe
SIERRA LEONE
Official Language: English
Capital: Freetown
UGANDA
Official Language: English, Kiswahili, Luganda, Luo
Capital: Kampala
GHANA
Official Language: English
Capital: Accra
MAURITIUS
Official Languages: English and French
Capital: Port Louis
SOUTH AFRICA
Official Languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sesotho, SiSwati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: Cape Town (legislative); Pretoria (administrative); Bloemfontein (judicial)
ZAMBIA
Official Language: English
Capital: Lusaka
KENYA
Official Languages: Kiswahili and English
Capital: Nairobi
NAMIBIA
Official Language: English
Capital: Windhoek
ZIMBABWE
Official Languages: English, Shona, Ndebele
Capital: Harare


Countries where Kiswahili is an Official Language

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BURUNDI
Official Languages: French, Kirundi, Kiswahili
Capital: Bujumbura
TANZANIA
Official Languages: Kiswahili and English
Capital: Dar es Salaam; Dodoma (administrative)
UGANDA
Official Language: English, Kiswahili, Luganda, Luo
Capital: Kampala
KENYA
Official Languages: Kiswahili and English
Capital: Nairobi
   


Countries where Portuguese is an Official Language

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ANGOLA
Official Language: Portuguese
Capital: Luanda
GUINEA-BISSAU
Official Language: Portuguese
Capital: Bissau
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
Official Language: Portuguese
Capital: Sao Tome
CAPE VERDE
Official Languages: Portuguese and Creole
Capital: Praia
MOZAMBIQUE
Official Language: Portuguese
Capital: Maputo
 


Countries where Arabic is an Official Language

ALGERIA
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: Algiers
EGYPT
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: Cairo
MOROCCO
(Al-Mamlaka al-Maghrebia)
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: Rabat
TUNISIA
(Al-Djoumhouri Attunisia)
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: Tunis
COMOROS
(Federal Islamic Rep.)
Official Languages: Arabic and French
Capital: Moroni
LIBYA
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: Tripoli/Benghazi
SOMALIA
Official Languages: Somali and Arabic
Capital: Mogadishu
WESTERN SAHARA
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: El Aiun
DJIBOUTI
Official Languages: Arabic and French
Capital: Djibouti
MAURITANIA
(Islamic Republic of)
Official Languages: Arabic and French
Capital: Nouakchott
SUDAN
Official Language: Arabic
Capital: Khartoum
 


Other Official Languages used in Africa

BURUNDI
Official Languages: French, Kirundi, Kiswahili
Capital: Bujumbura
LESOTHO
(Kingdom of)
Official Languages: Sesotho and English
Capital: Maseru
SENEGAL
Official Languages: Wolof and French
Capital: Dakar
SOUTH AFRICA
Official Languages: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sesotho, SiSwati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Capital: Cape Town (legislative); Pretoria (administrative); Bloemfontein (judicial)
CAPE VERDE
Official Languages: Portuguese and Creole
Capital: Praia
MADAGASCAR
Official Languages: Malagasy and French
Capital: Antananarivo
SEYCHELLES
Official Languages: Creole, English and French
Capital: Victoria
EQUITORIAL GUINEA
Official Language: Spanish
Capital: Malabo
MALAWI
Official Languages: Chichewa and English
Capital: Lilongwe
SOMALIA
Official Languages: Somali and Arabic
Capital: Mogadishu
ERITREA
Official Language: Trigrinya
Capital: Asmara
RWANDA
Official Languages: French and Kinyarwanda
Capital: Kigali
SWAZILAND
(Kingdom of)
Official Languages: English and Siswati
Capital: Mbabane
 
ETHIOPIA
Official Language: Amharic
Capital: Addis Ababa
LESOTHO
(Kingdom of)
Official Languages: Sesotho and English
Capital: Maseru
UGANDA
Official Language: English, Kiswahili, Luganda, Luo
Capital: Kampala
ZIMBABWE
Official Languages: English, Shona, Ndebele
Capital: Harare



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