What percentage of the world's population speaks Portuguese?

Portuguese consistently ranks as number six on the list of the ten most spoken languages in the world. The total of the world's population hovers around 6.77 billion, as of April 2009. But the estimates of total numbers of Portuguese speakers ranges from 176 million to 230 million. Based on the first, lower figure, the percentage of the world's population that speaks Portuguese is 2.09%. Based on the second, higher figure, the percentage is 3.35%.
Portuguese consistently ranks as number six on the list of the ten most spoken languages in the world. The total of the world's population hovers around 6.77 billion, as of April 2009. But the estimates of total numbers of Portuguese speakers ranges from 176 million to 230 million. Based on the first, lower figure, the percentage of the world's population that speaks Portuguese is 2.09%. Based on the second, higher figure, the percentage is 3.35%.