In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Burundi

The biggest languages present in Burundi include:

  • Kirundi – 11.65 million speakers;
  • French – 951 thousand speakers;

The same 2 languages serve as the official languages of the country.

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.


French is a Romance language, which is a branch of the Indo-European language family. It is one of the official languages of Burundi, alongside 3 other.

French language summary
Number of speakers worldwide274 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingFrench alphabet
Major French-speaking populations in:49 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

More than a hundred million people use French as their language of day-to-day communication. Countries with a significant number of people speaking the language include:

  • Rwanda
  • Andorra
  • Morocco
  • France
  • Saint Lucia
  • Laos
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea

In Burundi approximately 8% or 951 thousand people use French in their day-to-day communication.


The French alphabet is used for writing the French language. Being a subset of the Latin script, it uses some non-standard characters like à, â, æ, ç, overall 16 symbols.

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