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Extinct: no
Family: Indo-European
Branch: Romance
Continent: Europe
Country: Portugal
Region: Iberia, Azores, Madeira. Also spoken in 33 other countries including Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde Islands, China, Congo, France, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Malawi, Mozambique.
Countries Where Spoken: 10,000,000 in Portugal. Population total all countries 176,000,000 first language speakers (1999 WA), 191,000,000 including second language speakers (1999 WA). Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde Oslands, France, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome e Principe, Timor Lorosae.
Countries Where Official: Portugal, Brazil
Native Speakers: 176,000,000
Speakers Total: 176,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Portuguese at a native level: 3,137
Phrasebase members who speak Portuguese at a conversational level: 3,137
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Portuguese: 3,975
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Portuguese: 5,214
Three Letter Code: POR
Alternative Names: PORTUGUÊS
Summary: Standard Portuguese of Portugal is based on Southern or Estremenho dialect (Lisbon and Coimbra). Official language. Dictionary. Grammar. SVO. Literacy rate in second language: 83% to 84%. Christian. Bible 1751, in press (1993).

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