The Second-Most Useful Foreign Languages in Europe

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This map of Europe shows each country’s preferred second language, i.e. one that isn’t their native language. This is based on data gathered by the European Commission.

Out of the countries that were surveyed, 12 of them love German as their second language. Seven nations prefer French, five use Russian, and two chose Spanish as their alternative tongue. Only one country – Malta – uses Italian as their language number two.

Owing to their country’s proximity to Italy, 59 percent of Maltese who were surveyed have adopted the Italian language, the highest share of any foreign language use in Europe. Conversely, Italy only has an 11 percent share of French language users, the continent’s lowest foreign language use.

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