SPEAKERS AND LOCATION
(All population figures are approximate)
Europe--Portugal (including Azores)--7,000,000; Galician, a dialect of northwestern Spain, spoken by some 3,000,000 people, is closer to Portuguese than it is to Spanish.
Asia--Goa, Damau and Diu, on the western coast of India; Macau, in southeastern China--total population, 700,000.
Africa--Angola--3,500,000; Portuguese Guinea-- 400,000; Mozambique--4,000,000; Cape Verde and Madeira Islands, São Tomé and Principe, off the western coast of Africa--total population, 500,000.
North America--nearly a quarter of a million Portuguese immigrants and their descendants in the U. S. A., located mainly in California and Massachusetts.
Portuguese is also spoken in "Pidgin" or "Creole" varieties in Zanzibar, Mombasa and Melinde, on the eastern coast of Africa; in Ceylon, Mangalore, Cochin, Coromandel and other localities, in India; a Malay-Portuguese pidgin appears in Java, Malaya and Singapore.