Wikimedia users/Articles per number of speakers

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Articles per number of speakers

The following chart provides another take on the penetration of Wikipedia by language.

The main resource to create Wikipedia articles are speakers of the language. Drivers to contribute might differ per culture or language.

In the table below are listed the Wikipedia in descending order of number of articles per thousand speakers of the language. This table might change your view on the reach and participation. Included are languages with 20 million speakers or more. Also included are Wikipedias with more than one hundred thousand articles. Please note that English is not within the top 10 of this list.

Warning: The number of speakers are rough estimates of vernacular language speakers (secondary language speakers have apparently been ignored). The effective source of data should be retrieved from an accurate and maintained source, such as the Unicode CLDR extra data, which also includes data about the literacy level (in order to estimate the number of readers of the language).

Language Wikipedia Speakers
(million)
Articles
(thousand)
Articles
per speaker

(thousandth)
Volapük vo 000.00003 0,120 4,000,000.0
Esperanto eo 002.00000 0,117 0,000,058.5
norsk bokmål nb 005.00000 0,225 0,000,045.0
svenska sv 009.00000 0,325 0,000,036.1
suomi fi 006.00000 0,213 0,000,035.5
Nederlands nl 020.00000 0,553 0,000,027.7
català ca 007.00000 0,192 0,000,027.4
dansk da 005.00000 0,114 0,000,022.8
slovenčina sk 005.00000 0,109 0,000,021.8
polski pl 050.00000 0,627 0,000,012.5
čeština cs 012.00000 0,134 0,000,011.2
Deutsch de 105.00000 0,943 0,000,009.0
italiano it 100.00000 0,596 0,000,006.0
English en 510.00000 3,000 0,000,005.9
română ro 026.00000 0,130 0,000,005.0
日本語 ja 130.00000 0,609 0,000,004.7
українська uk 044.00000 0,158 0,000,003.6
français fr 270.00000 0,839 0,000,003.1
português pt 180.00000 0,500 0,000,002.8
Türkçe tr 060.00000 0,134 0,000,002.2
Bahasa Melayu ms 023.00000 0,046 0,000,002.0
ไทย th 030.00000 0,049 0,000,001.6
español es 320.00000 0,504 0,000,001.6
русский ru 280.00000 0,422 0,000,001.5
Tiếng Việt vi 068.00000 0,096 0,000,001.4
한국어 ko 078.00000 0,108 0,000,001.4
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски
+ српски / srpski
+ hrvatski
+ bosanski
sh
+ sr
+ hr
+ bs
021.00000 0,024 0,000,001.1
فارسی fa 070.00000 0,066 0,000,000.9
azərbaycanca az 031.00000 0,025 0,000,000.8
తెలుగు te 070.00000 0,044 0,000,000.6
Bahasa Indonesia id 180.00000 0,109 0,000,000.6
Basa Sunda su 027.00000 0,014 0,000,000.5
العربية ar 250.00000 0,100 0,000,000.4
मराठी mr 068.00000 0,024 0,000,000.4
മലയാളം ml 035.00000 0,011 0,000,000.3
中文 zh 900.00000 0,270 0,000,000.3
தமிழ் ta 066.00000 0,019 0,000,000.3
Basa Jawa jv 075.00000 0,020 0,000,000.3
ಕನ್ನಡ kn 035.00000 0,007 0,000,000.2
贛語 gan 021.00000 0,004 0,000,000.2
ગુજરાતી gu 046.00000 0,008 0,000,000.2
اردو ur 060.00000 0,010 0,000,000.2
粵語 zh-yue 071.00000 0,011 0,000,000.2
Bân-lâm-gú zh-min-nan 046.00000 0,006 0,000,000.1
বাংলা bn 185.00000 0,020 0,000,000.1
हिन्दी hi 360.00000 0,036 0,000,000.1
မြန်မာဘာသာ my 032.00000 0,002 0,000,000.1
吴语 wuu 077.00000 0,004 0,000,000.1
پښتو ps 023.00000 0,001 0,000,000.0
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ pa 057.00000 0,002 0,000,000.0
ଓଡ଼ିଆ or 032.00000 0,001 0,000,000.0
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî hak 034.00000 0,001 0,000,000.0
hsn (Xiang) hsn 036.00000 0,000 0,000,000.0
मैथिली mai 030.00000 0,000 0,000,000.0
भोजपुरी bh 026.00000 0,000 0,000,000.0
Hausa ha 024.00000 0,000 0,000,000.0