Top 20 languages in the world by total GDP

Can you name the 20 largest languages in the world by total nominal GDP (US$million) in 2019?
Calculated according to the GDP of countries or part of them where the language is majoritarian
GDP of multilingual countries is divided according to main language of the different regions
For China only the total amount is given
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GDP (US$million)
Language
24,859,750
English
14,726,000
Chinese
5,154,000
Japanese
4,818,000
German
4,765,000
Spanish
3,410,000
French
2,749,000
Arabic
2,084,000
Portuguese
2,003,000
Italian
1,865,000
Russian
1,647,000
Korean
1,489,000
Malay
1,127,000
Dutch
1,062,000
Hindi
748,000
Turkish
566,000
Polish
542,000
Swedish
533,000
Bengali
529,000
Thai
471,000
Persian
24 Comments
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Level 85
May 1, 2014
"Since the latter decades of 20th century, for political reasons, in English and French, 'Farsi' has become the name of the Persian language as it is spoken in Iran." --Wikipedia
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Level 56
Jul 6, 2016
yep exactly
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Level 28
May 2, 2014
Further down in the same Wikipedia article: "The Academy of Persian Language and Literature has declared that the name "Persian" is more appropriate, as it has the longer tradition in the western languages and better expresses the role of the language as a mark of cultural and national continuity. Some Persian language scholars such as Ehsan Yarshater, editor of Encyclopædia Iranica, and University of Arizona professor Kamran Talattof, have also rejected the usage of "Farsi" in their articles"

Moreover, if you try to type "Farsi" on Wikipedia, the page "Persian language" automatically appears.

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Level 22
May 23, 2014
suomi should count as finnish
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Level 36
Jun 7, 2014
'Indonesian' is the same as 'Malay'. They both speak 'Bahasa'
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Level 67
Oct 14, 2014
"Bahasa" just means "language." "Bahasa melayu" means Malay, "Bahasa Malaysia" means the standard Malay of Malaysia, and "Bahasa Indonesia" means the language of Indonesia. There's also Bahasa Inggris, Bahasa Spanyol, Bahasa Arab, and Bahasa Mandarin for English, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin, respectively. Computer applications are written in "bahasa pemrograman", or programming languages. -----

Indonesian and Malay are very closely related, and in many ways could be considered the same language, but they are considered distinct for political and cultural reasons, and have different language standards. Also, since Indonesian is spoken primarily as a second language (by native Javanese or Sundanese speakers, for example) it has a lot of vocabulary and features that are distinct from Standard Malay.

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Level 43
Apr 13, 2016
not vietnamese ??
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Level 55
Jun 25, 2017
Vietnam dont have much of gdp, they are pretty poor
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Level 37
Jul 11, 2016
I typed in Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia and Farsi and got no credits for either Indonesian, Malaysian or Persian. Please fix this.
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Level 28
May 1, 2020
I fixed this ;)
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Level 43
Jul 26, 2016
What about Vietnamese ??
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Level 28
May 1, 2020
Vietnamese unfortunately didn't make it into the list, because of low GDP
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Level 36
Apr 28, 2017
'Indonesian' and 'Malay' (Im taking from Malaysia) both speak the same language, Bahasa Malay.
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Level 28
May 1, 2020
I've updated the game and now they are considered together ;)
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Level 41
Dec 12, 2017
Bengali not here? Bangladesh and west Bengal?
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Level 59
Oct 31, 2018
Most Bengali speakers are unfortunately very poor........
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Level 28
May 1, 2020
I've updated the game and now Bengali made into the top 20, considering indeed Bangladesh+West Bengal ;)
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Level 59
May 10, 2021
Yeah... I was surprised because we are still very poor
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Level 77
May 10, 2021
nice idea!
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Level 46
May 10, 2021
Absolutely impressed that German surpasses Spanish, French and Arabic... Also dwarfs Portuguese, Russian and Hindi... Wow!
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Level 59
May 10, 2021
I'm not really that surprised. Germany has the 5 largest nominal GDP after US, China and Japan. Japanese which is limited to a few islands surprised me a lot more having more GDP surpassed only by English and Chinese
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Level 58
Dec 13, 2021
Never know there is a language called "Chinese". I speak Mandarin and Southern Min by the way.
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Level 75
May 9, 2023
Can you add "Portugese" as a type in? Sorry, but I didn't realize I had been spelling it wrong my entire life.
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Level 56
Apr 11, 2024
Everything right but i was not able to spell portuguese