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Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people around the world. Of these, 380 million are native speakers. This makes the Spanish language the second most spoken language in the world (by native speakers), after Mandarin Chinese. Apart from Spain, the Spanish language is spoken in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, European Union, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, New Mexico (USA), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|