Portuguese is the language of the majority of people in Brazil,[11] Portugal,[12 ] and São Tomé and Príncipe (95%).

[13] Portuguese is quickly becoming the predominant native language of Angola. According to figures from 1983, roughly 70%, perhaps more, of Angolans speak Portuguese natively, and 80% profess fluency in Portugue se.[14][15] Although only just over 10 percent of the population are native spea kers of Portuguese in Mozambique, the language is spoken by about 50.4 percent t here according to the 2007 census.[16] It is also spoken by 11.5 percent of the population in Guinea-Bissau.[17] No data is available for Cape Verde, but almost all the population is bilingual, and the monolingual population speaks Cape Ver dean Creole. There are also significant Portuguese-speaking immigrant communities in many cou ntries including Andorra (15.4%),[18] Australia,[19] Bermuda,[20] Canada (0.72% or 219,275 persons in the 2006 census[21] but between 400,000 and 500,000 accord ing to Nancy Gomes),[22] Curaçao, France,[23] Japan,[24] Jersey,[25] Luxembourg (9 %),[12] Namibia (about 4-5% of the population, mainly refugees from Angola in th e North of the country)[26] Paraguay (10.7% or 636,000 persons),[27] Macau (0.6% or 12,000 persons),[28] South Africa,[29] Switzerland (196,000 nationals in 200 8),[30] Venezuela (1 to 2% or 254,000 to 480,000),[31] and the USA (0.24% of the population or 687,126 speakers according to the 2007 American Community Survey) ,[32] mainly in Connecticut,[33] Florida,[34] Massachusetts (where it is the sec ond most spoken language in the state),[35] New Jersey,[36] New York[37] and Rho de Island.[38] In some parts of the former Portuguese India i.e. Goa,[39] Daman and Diu,[40] th e language is still spoken.

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