El Català a l'empresa

Catalan, a market of opportunities

Catalan is a medium-sized language with significant economic potential. It is spoken in four European states (Spain, France, Italy and Andorra), although the vast majority lives in Spain, accounting for approximately 20% of the Spanish population. There are 10 million Catalan speakers, and almost 13 million people understand the language.

Catalan is the official language of the Spanish regions of Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. It is also the sole official language of the independent state of Andorra. As a result of its social, cultural and literary vitality, its historic prestige, demography, presence in the media, universities and administration, Catalan can be compared to other languages such as Swedish, Bulgarian, Slovak, Danish, or Finnish. Thus, Catalan is becoming increasingly more used in popular and competitive products and services offered by large and multinational companies.

Catalan, the 14th language of the European Union

While Catalan is the 9th language of the European Union in terms of the population where it is the official language, it occupies the 14th position in total number of speakers. In other words, it is much more widely spoken than languages such as Danish, Finnish, Norwegian or Croatian.

Catalan and the 24 official languages of the European Union with the number (in millions) of users of territories where they are official languages:


Language Population Comparative
German 91,2 M
.
French 65,4 M
.
English 64,1 M
.
Italian 58,5 M
.
Spanish 43,0 M
.
Polish 38,2 M
.
Dutch 23,4 M
.
Romanian 23.0 M
.
Catalan 12,6 M
.
Greek 11,8 M
.
Portuguese 10,6 M
.
Czech 10,2 M
.
Hungarian 10,1 M
.
Swedish 9,3 M
.
Bulgarian 8,7 M
.
Slovak 5,4 M
.
Danish 5,4 M
.
Finnish 5,2 M
.
Croatian 4,4 M
.

Lithuanian

3,4 M
.
Irish Gaelic 3,4 M
.
Latvian 2,3 M
.
Slovenian 2,0 M
.
Estonian 1,3 M
.
Maltese 0,4 M
.

Data taken from the exhibition "El català, llengua d'Europa" (Catalan, a European language), by the Government of Catalonia in 2006, with the addition of Bulgarian, Romanian, Croatian and Irish Gaelic.

Catalan in the international context

10 million speakers According to data from the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) and the catalan General Directorate for Language Policy.
Almost 13,5 million people understand Catalan According to data from the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) and the catalan General Directorate for Language Policy.
94.3% of the population of Catalonia understand Catalan and 80.4% speak it According to the latest Survey on Language Uses of the Population (2013).
Spoken in 4 European states as their own language Only a few languages are spoken in 4 states, namely Spain, France, Andorra and Italy.
14th most widely spoken European language in the EU The total number of Catalan speakers is greater than Danish, Finnish, Croatian, Slovak, Maltese, Irish, Slovenian, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian.
9th-ranked language of the EU in population, where it is the official language Above languages such as Portuguese and Greek, and just behind Romanian.
6 out of the 10 most visited websites in the world have a Catalan version According to data from Alexa (2016), 6 out of the 10 most visited websites in the world have a version in Catalan. These are Google, Facebook, Youtube, Wikipedia, Twitter and Live.
Catalan is the 24th most used language in Twitter According to latest statistics of Mapbox.com (2015).
More than 500,000 articles written in Catalan and 17th place in Wikipedia throughout the world By 2016, there were already 500,000 articles in Catalan in Wikipedia, more than in Finnish, Turkish, Czech, Bulgarian, Korean, Danish, Arabic, Persian, or Hebrew. The Catalan Wikipedia version was the second language to appear after English.
The 7th most-studied language in the European Union According to data from the Eurobarometer (2012), Catalan is the 7th most widely-studied language as a non-mother tongue, surpassed only by languages with a much greater number of speakers. English is the most widely learnt language in The European Union; 20.09% of European citizens are fluent in English as a second or third language. Catalan holds 7th place, behind English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Italian.
Catalan is the 22nd most-translated language in the world Catalan is the 22nd language in the world (data from 2012) in which books are translated from Catalan to other languages. This figure exceeds languages with a similar demographic weight (Bulgarian, Slovak, or Greek). Catalan holds 26th place in terms of volume of translations from other languages into Catalan.
161 universities throughout the world teach Catalan During the 2015-2016 academic year, the University Network of Catalan Studies Abroad was comprised of 161 universities from four continents. This includes universities from countries such as Japan, India, Israel, Canada, the USA, Chile, Brazil, Cuba and naturally, a large number of European countries. Over 6,000 students learn Catalan at these universities.