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Kiswahili[1] is a language spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of the Mozambique Channel coastline from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique, including the Comoro Islands.[2] It is also spoken by ethnic groups in Somalia. Although only five million people speak Swahili as their mother tongue,[3] it is used as a lingua franca in much of East Afrika, meaning the total number of speakers exceeds 60 million.[4] Swahili serves as a national, or official language, of five nations: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, the Comoros and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  1. Oxford English Dictionary
  2. Prins 1961
  3. Lua error in ...ribunto/includes/engines/LuaCommon/lualib/mwInit.lua at line 17: bad argument #1 to 'old_pairs' (table expected, got nil).
  4. Irele 2010