A map of the average number of languages spoken by EU countries

Thursday 15 June 2017 15:00
Picture:(Jakub Marian)

How many languages do you speak?

If it's just English, you're in astoundingly abundant company in the UK.

A recent graphic, on one of our favourite data subreddits, sought to explain the average number of languages spoken by people in EU member states, using a survey from 2012.

Thankfully, everyone's favourite Czech linguist and mathematician, Jakub Marian, has already compiled a much prettier version of the same map.

It really hammers home how little UK residents have bothered to learn continental languages.

Picture: Jakub Marian

Meanwhile, the percentage of the population that are able to hold a conversation in English is nearly as high in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden as it is in the UK.

Picture: Jakub Marian

When was the last time you dusted off your Swedish or your Dutch?

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