According to the 2013 Census of Cambodia, the country has 12 major languages. Khmer is the most widely spoken language in the country. French is still spoken as a second language by many older Cambodians, and is also the language of instruction in some schools and universities that are funded by the government of France. Since 1993, there has been a growing use of English, which has been replacing French as the main foreign language.

Language data allows humanitarian organizations to better understand the languages people speak and understand, leading to better programming and accountability. These data and maps were primarily supported by the H2H Fund, a funding mechanisms for H2H Network members. The fund is a rapid funding vehicle for network members responding to humanitarian crises.

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Maps and resources:

Static map of the most common primary languages spoken throughout Cambodia. Data is from the 2013 census.

Interactive map showing the number of speakers and geographic spread of different languages in Cambodia. Data is from the 2013 census.