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

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, JakubMarian, 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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