|Native to||Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya and the Somali community in the Middle East, Europe and North America.|
|Native speakers||12-20 million native speakers and at least 500,000 second language speakers. (date missing)|
|Writing system||Latin,Osmanya script|
|Official language in||Somalia|
Somali (Arabic: الصوماليه) is a member of the East Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken by ethnic Somalis in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen and Kenya, as well as by the Somali diaspora around the world -- an estimated total population of between 10 and 16 million speakers.
The writing system of the somali language is the Latin alphabet since 1960.