Portuguese (or Lingua Portuguesa) is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. Its roots are to be found in the peculiar version of Latin spoken by Lusitanians, Celtici and other early settlers of the Iberian Peninsula.
Today it is spoken by almost 190 million people, which makes Portuguese the 6th most spoken language in the world. It is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and East Timor. It also enjoys equal official status with Chinese in the Chinese special administrative region of Macau. Small Portuguese-speaking communities can also be found in France, South-Africa, Uruguay, Paraguay, Japan, the United States, Canada and the Netherland Antilles.