Sign Languages Around the World

Legal recognition of sign languages in the following countries:

According to the WFD infographic (2019), the following 41 countries our of 152 have recognized their signed languages: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.

Signed languages around the world

It's not an exhaustive list. Some sign languages are recognized by Constitution and Legislation/Policy (updated 2005?).

Countries Sign Languages Acronyms
Argentina Lengua de Señas Argentina LSA
Australia Australian SL Auslan
Austria Austrian Sign Language ÖGS
Belgium Belgian-Flemish SL
Belgium Belgian-French SL
Bolivia Bolivian SL
Brazil Brazilian SL Recognized
Canada-Anglophone American Sign Language ASL
Canada-Francophone Langue de Signe Quebecois LSQ
Canada, Maritime Maritime Sign Language MSL
Bulgaria Bulgarian SL
Chile Chilean SL
China Chinese SL
Colombia Colombian SL
Czech Republic Czech SL
Denmark Danish SL
Ecuador Ecuadorian Sign Language
Ethopia Ethiopian SL
Finland Finnish SL (Viittomakieli) .
France French SL (Langue des Signes Française) LSF
Germany German SL (Deutsche Gebärdensprache)
Iceland Icelandic Sign Language
Ireland Irish Sign Language
India Indian SL (unstandardized due to regions and population)
Ireland Irish SL ISL
Israel Israeli SL
Italy Italian SL (Lingua dei Segni Italian; Lingua Italiana dei Segni) LIS
Jordan Jordanian SL
Japan Japanese SL (Shuwa or Temane; Nihon Syuwa)
Kenya Kenyan SL
Korea, South Korean SL
Kuwaiti Kuwaiti SL
Latvia Latvian Sign Language
Lithuania Lithuanian Sign Language
Malaysia Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia BIM
Mexico Mexican SL LSM
Nepal Nepalese SL
Netherlands Nederlandse GebarenTaal NGT
New Zealand New Zealand Sign Language NZSL
Norway Norwegian SL; Norsk Tegnspråk
Panama Panamanian SL; Lengua de Señas Panameñas
Peru Peruvian Sign Language
Poland Polish SL
Portugal Portugese SL
Romania Romanian SL RSL
Singapore hybrid of American SL, Sign English and others
Spain Spanish SL LSE
South Africa
Slovak Republic
Sweden Swedish SL
Switzerland (French-Speaking) Swiss-German SL
Switzerland (German-speaking) Swiss-French SL
Uganda Ugandan Sign Language
Ukraine Ukrainian Sign Language
Thailand Thai SL
United Kingdom British SL BSL
United States American Sign Language ASL
United States, Martha's Vineyard Martha's Vineyard SL (obselete)
Uruguay Uruguayan Sign Language
Venezuela Venezuelan Sign Language LSV
Yugoslavia Yugoslavian Sign Language
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Sign Language Zimsign

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