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Saudi Arabia
INTRODUCTION
1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Media
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. History
12. Cities and Towns



























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Index / Languages
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Languages



Languages
Figures in 1000.
Semitic 22,575 91.0%
Arabic
22,500 90.0%
Najdi
12,500 50.0%
Hijazi
9,300 37.0%
Egyptian
350 1.4%
Gulf
250 1.0%
Sudanese
100 0.4%
Shahara
45 0.2%
Mahra
30 0.1%
Iranian 140 0.6%
Persian
140 0.6%
Afro-Asiatic 60 0.2%
Somali
60 0.2%
Caucasian 25 0.1%
Circassian
25 0.1%
Kabardian
25 0.1%
Turkic 20 0.1%
Turkish
20 0.1%
Other 1,950 7.8%
Tagalog
970 3.8%
Urdu
550 2.2%
Indian languages
170 0.7%
Chinese
100 0.4%
Korean
90 0.4%
Indonesian
50 0.2%
Bengali
15 0.1%
Indo-European 155 0.6%
English
85 0.3%
French
30 0.1%
Italian
30 0.1%

Arabic is the dominant language of Saudi Arabia, although English is of great importance in business.
Being such a large country, Saudi Arabia is home of several major dialects, but a few of them are a result of immigration in modern times. The two largest are Najdi and Hijazi. Najdi dominates along the northern half along the Red Sea, Hijazi is spoken in the regions south of the Najdi region. Gulf Arabic is also native to the northern coast of Saudi Arabia, but is also the main language of Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. In the regions where Gulf is the original dialect, internal migration has made Najdi and Hijazi dominant today.
Of the many foreign languages spoken in Saudi Arabia, these have in reality no influence on the nation as a whole, they are spoken only between work immigrants, who again use English, or Arabic, to communicate with other nationals or Saudis Arabians.
Circassian is spoken by nationals of Saudi Arabia of Circassian background, but they all have very conduct of Arabic.




By Tore Kjeilen