Long Bano
Native toIndonesia
RegionSimeulue, Aceh, Sumatra
EthnicitySimeulue people
Native speakers
(undated figure of 30,000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3smr

The Simeulue language is spoken by the Simeulue people of Simeulue off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.[1][2]


Simeulue is also called Mae o, which literally means 'Where are you going?'. Ethnologue also lists Long Bano, Simalur, Simeuloë, and Simulul as alternate names.


Simeulue is spoken in 5 of 8 subdistricts (kecamatan) of Simeulue Regency. It includes 2 dialects.[3]

Simeulue is also spoken on Babi Island and the Banyak Islands.

Sikule, related to Nias, is spoken in Alafan on the western end of Simeulue, while Jamu (also called Kamano), related to Minangkabau, is spoken in the capital city of Sinabang.

See also


  1. ^ a b Simeulue at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ "Tsunami 1907: Early Interpretation and its Development" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26.
  3. ^ "Simeulue" (PDF),

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