Google Maps is now available in 39 new languages, the company announced today in a blog post. These languages, including Afrikaans, Danish, Filipino, Hebrew, Icelandic, Mongolian, Serbian, Slovak, Swahili, Turkish and Vietnamese, to name a few, are spoken by around 1.25 billion people .
Note that there are a total of 6,909 living languages registered in the Ethnologue catalog. Many of the languages that Google chose to add today are spoken by large populations. Swahili, in particular, has 8 percent of the African continent that speaks it, while Turkish is spoken by 9 percent of people in Europe.
The new language additions are coming to the mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows operating system. Initially, Google Maps began in English in 2004, and has gradually expanded the availability of different languages over time.