France Language Stats


English > Conversational English prevalence 39% 2000 15th out of 27
French > Conversational French prevalence 4% 2000 18th out of 27
German > Conversational German prevalence 6% 2000 17th out of 27
Italian > Conversational Italian prevalence 5% 2000 6th out of 27
Languages French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish) 2008
Linguistic diversity index 0.272 2009 126th out of 200
Major language(s) French 2013
Polish > Conversational Polish prevalence 1% 2000 5th out of 27
Romani > Romani speaking Roma population > 2000 215,000 2000 8th out of 31
Romani > Romani speaking Roma population from total Roma population > 2000 70% 2000 24th out of 31
Romani language > Gypsy > Speakers 215,000 2000 7th out of 29
Romani language > Gypsy > Speakers per 1000 3.53 2000 14th out of 29
Russian > Conversational Russian prevalence 0.0 2000 19th out of 27
Spanish > Conversational Spanish prevalence 13% 2000 2nd out of 27
Spanish status Bible 1553-1979. 1979

SOURCES: SPECIAL EUROBAROMETER 386 “Europeans and their Languages”, p. 21.
; SPECIAL EUROBAROMETER 386 “Europeans and their Languages”, p. 21.; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; Wikipedia: Linguistic diversity index (Rankings by country) (UNESCO World Report – Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue); British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; Wikipedia: Romani language; Dieter W. Halwachs: Rombase, Speakers and Numbers pp1.; Dieter W. Halwachs: Rombase, Speakers and Numbers pp1. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Ethnologue


France Language Profiles (Subcategories)

Romani 3

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