List of countries where Tamil is an official language
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- 1 Sovereign Countries
- 2 Dependent entities where Tamil is an official language
- 3 Recognized as minority language
- 4 Partially recognized and unrecognized territories
- 5 Former territories resp. dependent entities where Tamil was an official language
- 6 Countries where Tamil is used and has cultural impact but not official
- 7 References
- 8 Other websites
Sovereign Countries[change | change source]
|Sri Lanka||Asia||5,007,003||Sovereign country|
Dependent entities where Tamil is an official language[change | change source]
|Auroville||Asia||2,600||Autonomous city of India|
|Pondicherry||Asia||1,244,464||Union Territory of India|
|Tamil Nadu||Asia||72,138,958||State of India|
Recognized as minority language[change | change source]
|South Africa||250,000||Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 - Chapter 1: Founding Provisions states "A Pan South African Language Board established by national legislation must promote and ensure respect for Tamil" along with other minority languages.|
|Malaysia||1,800,000||Malaysian government recognize Tamil as a minority language along with Chinese. The "national-type" school's medium of instruction is either in Tamil or Chinese.|
|Mauritius||72,089||Tamils are the first immigrants to Mauritius who were brought by French. Later British brought Tamils to fight with French and as a recognition, Tamil is being used on the currency of Mauritius.|
Partially recognized and unrecognized territories[change | change source]
|Tamil Eelam (Eelam)||Claiming sovereignty over the North and Eastern Sri Lanka and Puttalam district as|
|Karaikal||Claiming for a separate union territory in India.|
Former territories resp. dependent entities where Tamil was an official language[change | change source]
|Haryana||Asia||10,572||State of India||Tamil was once given nominal official status in Haryana but it was later replaced with Punjabi, in 2010.|
Countries where Tamil is used and has cultural impact but not official[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Wong, Aline (2000-11-24). "Education in a Multicultural Setting - The Singapore Experience". Ministry of Education, Government of Singapore. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
There are four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
- "Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Republic of Singapore" (PDF). Census of population 2010. Department of statistics Singapore.
- "Language Dept Sri Lanka".
Tamil and Sinhala official language of Sri Lanka
- "Census of Population and Housing of Sri Lanka, 2012" (PDF). Census of Population and Housing of Sri Lanka, 2012. Department of Census and Statistics-Sri Lanka.
- "Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 - Chapter 1: Founding Provisions - South African Government". www.gov.za.
- "National Identity and Minority Languages - UN Chronicle". unchronicle.un.org.
- "A Brief History of the Tamils of Mauritius (M. Sangeelee)". tamilelibrary.org.
- "India may have 50 states if all demands for new states are met - Times of India". The Times of India.
- "The Hindu : Tamil Nadu News : Pondy Dy. Speaker flayed". www.thehindu.com.
- "Reunion Culture".
- "Seychelles National Culture".