German has about 360,000,000 million native speakers worldwide.
While it is an official language of six European countries, because of German immigration, it also spoken by a substantial, though dwindling number communities in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Mexico, Namibia, South Africa and Australia. In certain municipalities of Brazil, German dialects are co-official along with Portuguese.
Historically there have been a multitude of popular German dialects, including Yiddish, which is considered the Jewish dialect, and Pomeranian, a mixture with Polish. In recent times however, they have been giving way due to mass media and cultural assimilation by immigrant host countries.