A total of 274 million people speak Portuguese, 250 million have it as their first language. It's the official language not only in Portugal but also in Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Guinea-Bissau. Moreover, it's a co-official language in Macau, Equatorial Guinea, and East Timor. Meanwhile, Portuguese is recognized as a minority language in Uruguay.
Due to its prevalence, it ranks second only to Spanish as the Romance language with the most significant number of speakers. Though having dissimilarities in grammar, phonology, and vocabulary, Portuguese and Spanish are alike enough to be mutually intelligible. Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese likewise have differences in vocabulary, phonology, and syntax.