Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world with over 215 million native speakers. It is most notably the official language of Brazil and Portugal. It also enjoys official language status the African nations of Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, and São Tomé and Príncipe in addition to East Timor and Macau in Asia.
Portuguese is part of the Romance Language family and is closely related to Spanish. Due to Brazil’s economic, cultural, and political influence since the end of the 20th century, the Brazilian dialect, which has significant influences from Native American and African languages, has become preeminent in the Lusophone world.