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Xitsonga (Tsonga)

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General information
Name: Xitsonga
English name: Tsonga
Population: 1,992,207
ISO code: tso,ts
Spoken in the following countries: South Africa (Official)


Xitsonga is one of the official languages of South Africa. There are 1,992,207 (4.44 %) first language speakers [2001 census data].

Geographical distribution

A map showing the geographical distribution of the Xitsonga speaking people.


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Radio stations


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Xitsonga Wikipedia