SPEAKERS AND LOCATION
(All population figures are approximate)
Europe --Germany (including Austria and Sudeten areas) 80,000,000; Switzerland--3,000,000; scattered groups in Luxembourg, Belgium (Eupen and Malmedy), France (Alsace-Lorraine), Italy (Alto Adige, Asiago), Polish Corridor, Danzig, Russia (Saratov region and Ukraine), Roumania (Transylvania), Hungary, Yugoslavia--perhaps a total of 5,000,000.
Used widely as a secondary language in the.Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia.
As a cultural and commercial language, widely spoken and understood throughout Europe.
Africa --Language of former colonization in Togoland, Cameroon, Southwest Africa, Tanganyika.
Oceania --Language of former colonization in Bismarck, Caroline, Marianas, Marshall, Solomon Islands, Palau, New Guinea, Samoa.
Western Hemisphere --Spoken by several millions of German immigrants and their descendants in North and South America, particularly the U. S. A., Brazil (São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul), Argentina, Chile.
As a cultural language, spoken and understood by some millions of people in North and South America.