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Somali
Af-Soomaali
اللغة الصومالية
Native toSomalia (and Somaliland), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya
RegionHorn of Africa
Native speakers16.6 million  (2006)
Language family
Writing system
Official status
Official language in Somalia
Regulated byMinistry of Education, Culture and Higher Education
Language codes
ISO 639-1so
ISO 639-2som
ISO 639-3som
Somali map.jpg
Somali-speaking region

Somali (Arabic: الصوماليه) is a Cushitic language. It is spoken by ethnic Somalis in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen and Kenya, as well as by the Somali diaspora around the world -- an estimated total population of between 10 and 16 million speakers.

The writing system of the Somali language has been Latin alphabet since 1960.