List of countries where Tamil is an official language

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The following is a list of sovereign states and territories where Tamil is an official or language of government.

The Tamil language is one of the oldest living language of the earth and which gives birth to the new languages such as Malayalam in 15th Century and the one of the first language to be declare as the classical language of India. Tamil was one of the dominant language of trade during the pre-colonial era by people like Ainnurruvar and such as Tamil inscriptions and coins found on many parts of Asia and Africa such as on China, Cambodia, Egypt and Indonesia. [1]

During 18th Century, the British and French rules brought the Tamils to the many parts of Asia and Africa which makes many countries with significant Tamil speakers and cultural impact such as there are more than 1,000,000 speakers of Tamil language in the Malaysia itself.

Sovereign states[change | change source]

Countries where Tamil is a de jure/official language
Country Region Population1
 Singapore[2] Asia 5,312,400
 Sri Lanka[3] Asia 20,277,597

Dependent entities where Tamil is an official language[change | change source]

Nr. Entity Continent Population Status
India Andaman and Nicobar Islands Asia 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".379,944 Union Territory of India
India Pondicherry Asia 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".1,244,464 Union Territory of India
India Tamil Nadu Asia 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".72,138,958 State of India

Partially recognized and unrecognized territories[change | change source]

Entity Notes
Template:Country data Tamil Eelam (Eelam) Claiming sovereignty over the North and Eastern Sri Lanka and Puttalam district as the independent state of Tamil Eelam.
India Kongu Nadu Claiming for a separate state in India.[4][5][6]
India Karaikal Claiming for a separate union territory in India.[7]

Countries where Tamil is used and has cultural impact but not official[change | change source]

Mauritius 100 Rupees Currency Showing Tamil Script Along With English And Hindi.
Country Region
 Malaysia [8] Asia
 Mauritius [9] Africa
France Réunion [10] Africa
 Seychelles [11] Africa

There are also claims for to make Tamil as official language of India and UN.[12]

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