Speakers per Country

A widely accepted "best practice" in our industry is for Portuguese translators and interpreters to work only into their native language: Portuguese. Some companies often assume that if you can translate from a language, you can also translate into it. Bolstered by unwarranted confidence, some translators make the same assumption without ever putting it to the test.

The Translation Company firmly believes that a best practice is to have a qualified native speaker edit our work. Therefore, we have Portuguese translators in our team for different target-countries:

We believe that a Portuguese translator should work in a single language pair, and most of our translators should work in a few specialties. Camila Saunier, market manager and also a career Portuguese translator, explains that “specialty brings competence and confidence” – referring to her legal translation and language interpretation jobs, and the continuous demand from a few selected clients for her services.

Portuguese language territories
(source Wikipedia)


Country/Region

Speakers
(native)

Total
speakers

Population
(2005)

Africa

Angola

60%

80%

11,190,786

Cape Verde

ND

ND

418,224

Mozambique

6.5%

40%

19,406,703

So Tomé and Príncipe

50%

95%

187,410

Equatorial Guinea

-

-

1,014,999

not official:

Namibia

20%

20%

2,030,692

South Africa

2%

2%

44,344,136

Asia

East Timor

ND

20%

1,040,880

Macao S.A.R., China

5%

7%

449,198

not official:

Daman, India

10%

10%

113,949

Goa, India[1]

4%

4%

1,400,000

Europe

Portugal

100%

100%

10,566,212

not official:

Luxembourg³

14%

14%

468,571

Andorra

4-13%

4-13%

70,549

Spain

2%

4%

44,187,127

France

2%

2%

60,656,178

Germany

2%

2%

82,689,000

Switzerland

2%

2%

7,489,370

The Americas

Brazil

99%

100%

186,112,794

not official:

Paraguay

7%

7%

6,347,884

Bermuda

4%

4%

65,365

Venezuela

1-2%

1-2%

25,375,281

Canada

1-2%

1-2%

32,805,041








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