European Day of Languages
On the occasion of the European Day of Languages, which is celebrated each year on 26 September,
Eurostat publishes some interesting information and data visualisation
on language learning & language skills in the European Union.
Click on the image to download the infographic in PDF
Further information can also be found in the Eurostat news release on language learning at school.
You might be interested in our article "Foreign language learning" available on Statistics Explained.
The interactive visualisation below displays the number of foreign languages known by people aged 25-64, i.e. it shows the share of the people who said that they know no, one, two or three or more foreign languages.
By default, data are shown for people who said they know one foreign language. Please move your mouse over the pie chart and the bars at the bottom will change accordingly and display data for the selected number of foreign languages known. Please move your mouse over the bar for one Member State and the pie chart on top will change accordingly and display the shares of people by number of foreign languages known.
Self perceived language skills: Number of foreign languages knownSource: Eurostat, Adult Education Survey 2011 (Number of foreign languages known (self-reported) by sex (edat_aes_l21))
- Eurostat: Statistics on languages
- European Commission: European Day of Languages
- Council of Europe: European Day of Languages
- European Commission: Eurobarometer "Europeans and their languages"
- European Commission: Official languages of the EU
- European Commission: Language Quiz - test your language knowledge