Somali language

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Somali
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اللغة الصومالية
Native to Somalia (and Somaliland), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya
Region Horn of Africa
Native speakers
16.6 million (2006)
Official status
Official language in
 Somalia
Regulated by Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education
Language codes
ISO 639-1 so
ISO 639-2 som
ISO 639-3 som
Somali map.jpg
Somali-speaking region
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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.