List of countries where Tamil is an official language

Do you want to know what all are the countries, territories and international organisations where Tamil is designed as the official language? Here you can get the full details about, Tamil is official language in which country.

Tamil language is the spoken as first language by the Tamil speakers who are the indigenous people of India, just like the native Indians of America. The Tamils moved from Indus valley civilization in south India by the arrival of the Indo-Europeans from the present day Iran and eastern Europe.

The Tamil language is the one of the oldest living language of the Earth and currently spoken by 1% of the world population. Tamil is the 1st classical language of India.

Countries Where Tamil is an Official Language

Singapore

The Tamil king Chola ruled the Singapore in the historical times and currently Tamil is the one of the official language of Singapore.

Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka was the part of ancient Tamilakam (Tamil country) and Sri Lankan Tamil dialect is considered to be more closer to the old Tamil.

Dependent Territories Where Tamil is the Official Language

Andaman and Nicobar islands

The Chola empire used the islands as his navel base and currently the islands are part of the Republic of India.

Pondicherry

The Tamil is the official language in the Indian union territory of Pondicherry which compresses of Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam.

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Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu consists of most number of the Tamil speakers which is more than 90% of the state.

International Organisations Where Tamil is the Official language

ASEAN

The Tamil is an official language of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which has the 10 member states of the south-east Asia.

Former Regions Where Tamil was an Official Language

Haryana

The north Indian state of Haryana had Tamil as its official language until it was replaced by the Punjabi.

Chandigarh

The Chandigarh is the fist planned city in the India and Tamil was one of its official language until it was replaced by the Punjabi.

Partially Recognized and Unrecognized Territories

Tamil Eelam

Claiming sovereignty over North Eastern Sri Lanka and the Puttalam district of Sri Lanka as the independent country of Tamil Eelam.

Karaikal

Karaikal is claiming for a separate state or union territory within the Republic of India.

Kongu Nadu

Kongu Nadu is one of the region of ancient Tamil country and it is currently the part of Tamil Nadu. It is claiming for a separate state with Coimbatore as its capital.

Countries Where Tamil is Recognized as a Minority Language

Canada

The first month of January is celebrated as the Tamil Heritage Month by the Canadians.

Malaysia

The Tamil was recognized as a minority language in Malaysia due to its more than 1,000,000 speakers of Tamil language. Tamil is one of the medium in the schools of Malaysia.

Mauritius and Seychelles

Tamils are the one of the first people to settle in Mauritius after French people and in order to recognize their contribution towards the country, Tamil is printed on the currencies of the Mauritius.

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South Africa

Tamils plays an important role in culture and the politics of South Africa.

Réunion and France

More than 50% of the population of the Réunion are Tamils who no longer speaks in Tamil. The Tamil people are also found in significant numbers on the other regions of France.

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