Percentage of English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian speakers in Europe by country

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Comparison: Proportion of English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian speakers in some European countries

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Source: Eurobarometer, Eurostats

Percentage of population able to hold a conversation in English Europe

CountryPercentage of
English
speaking population
Ireland>95%
United Kingdom>95%
Netherlands90%
Malta89%
Denmark86%
Sweden86%
Austria73%
Finland70%
Slovenia59%
Germany56%
Luxembourg56%
Belgium52%
Greece51%
Estonia50%
Latvia46%
France39%
Lithuania38%
Italy34%
Poland34%
Romania31%
Czechia27%
Portugal27%
Slovakia26%
Bulgaria25%
Spain22%
Hungary20%

Percentage of population able to hold a conversation in French in Europe

CountryPercentage of
French
speaking population
Luxembourg96%
France>90%
Belgium86%
Netherlands29%
United Kingdom19%
Ireland17%
Romania17%
Italy16%
Portugal15%
Germany14%
Austria11%
Malta11%
Denmark9%
Greece9%
Spain9%
Sweden9%
Finland5%
Poland4%
Hungary3%
Lithuania3%
Slovenia3%
Bulgaria2%
Slovakia2%
Czechia1%
Estonia1%
Latvia1%

Percentage of population able to hold a conversation in German in Europe

CountryPercentage of
German
speaking population
Austria>95%
Germany>95%
Netherlands71%
Luxembourg69%
Denmark47%
Slovenia42%
Sweden26%
Belgium22%
Slovakia22%
Poland19%
Finland18%
Hungary18%
Czechia15%
Estonia15%
Lithuania15%
Latvia14%
Bulgaria8%
France6%
Ireland6%
United Kingdom6%
Greece5%
Italy5%
Romania5%
Malta3%
Spain2%
Portugal1%

Percentage of population able to hold a conversation in Spanish in Europe

CountryPercentage of
Spanish
speaking population
Spain99%
France14%
Italy11%
Portugal10%
United Kingdom6%
Belgium5%
Luxembourg5%
Netherlands5%
Romania5%
Sweden5%
Austria4%
Denmark4%
Germany4%
Ireland4%
Finland3%
Slovenia3%
Bulgaria2%
Czechia1%
Estonia1%
Greece1%
Hungary1%
Latvia1%
Lithuania1%
Malta1%
Poland1%
Slovakia1%

Percentage of population able to hold a conversation in Italian in Europe

CountryPercentage of
Italian
speaking population
Italy>95%
Malta56%
Slovenia12%
Austria9%
Romania7%
Luxembourg6%
France5%
Belgium4%
Germany3%
Netherlands2%
Poland2%
Spain2%
Sweden2%
United Kingdom2%
Bulgaria1%
Czechia1%
Denmark1%
Finland1%
Greece1%
Hungary1%
Ireland1%
Lithuania1%
Portugal1%
Slovakia1%
Estonia0%
Latvia0%

Percentage of population able to hold a conversation in Russian in Europe

CountryPercentage of
Russian
speaking population
Lithuania81%
Latvia76%
Estonia67%
Poland28%
Bulgaria23%
Slovakia17%
Czechia13%
Germany6%
Finland3%
Hungary3%
Romania3%
Slovenia3%
Austria2%
United Kingdom2%
Belgium1%
Greece1%
Ireland1%
Denmark0%
France0%
Italy0%
Luxembourg0%
Malta0%
Netherlands0%
Portugal0%
Spain0%
Sweden0%

Source: Eurobarometer, Eurostats, Maps created by Forummapping based on Jakub Marian‘s visualizations

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