|Native to||Somalia (and Somaliland), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya|
|Region||Horn of Africa|
|16.6 million (2006)|
Official language in
|Regulated by||Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education|
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.