Spanish in numbers

In today’s world, almost 470 million people speak Spanish, that is, 6.7% of the world’s population are native Spanish speakers (according to data from the Instituto Cervantes in 2015). This number is expected to rise, and by 2030, 7.5% of the world’s population will be Spanish-speaking (535 million people). Thus, Spanish comes before Russian (2.2%), French (1.1%) and German (1.1%). Within three or four generations, 10% of the world’s population will be able to communicate in Spanish. By 2050, the United States will be the number one Spanish speaking country in the world.


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Spanish is the third most predominant language on the Internet (7.9% of users communicate in Spanish), only behind English (26.8%) and Chinese (24.2%). From 2000 until today, the use of Spanish online has increased more than 1,100%. Spanish now places as the second most used language on the two principal social media sites: Facebook y Twitter.


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The demand for learning Spanish language and culture is still growing. Spanish is the third most studied foreign language in the world. Enrolment in the Spanish schools of the Instituto Cervantes is growing annually by 21%. There are currently more that 21 million students studying Spanish as a foreign language (according to estimations by the Instituto Cervantes). The number of university students enrolled in Spanish courses in the United States surpasses the total number of students registered in all other language courses.


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