Spanish Facts

There are nearly 350 million speakers worldwide

Andorra Guatemala
Argentina Honduras
Belize Mexico
Bolivia Nicaragua
Chile Panama
Colombia Paraguay
Costa Rica Peru
Cuba Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic Uruguay
Ecuador USA
El Salvador Venezuela

Spanish Statistics :

  • Spanish is quickly becoming one of the most frequently used and important languages for business.
  • Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers.
  • There are more than 16,000 publications, 250 TV channels and 5,000 radio stations in Spanish.
  • Over 330 million people speak Spanish, making it the the 2nd most spoken language in the world.
  • It is one of the most important languages in international political meetings.
  • Spanish is the mother tongue of approximately 350 million people in 21 countries ( Mexico: 98 million, Spain: 39 million, USA: 39 million, Argentina: 35 million, Colombia: 36 million, Venezuela: 22 million, Peru: 20 million…) It is also widely spoken in many more where it is not an official language.
  • Spanish is the fastest growing language in the USA, with over 30 million speakers.
  • Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment in North America. Their population in the USA has grown by 60% in just one decade and their buying power is expected to exceed $926 million by 2007.
  • Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, and an official language of the UN and its organisations.
  • The demand to learn Spanish has doubled in the last 10 years (It is projected that about 10% of the world population will speak Spanish in the next 15 years).

Economic Indicators :

  • 29 million US residents above the age of 5 speak Spanish at home. That’s approximately 1 of every 10 US residents, an enormous consumer and business-to-business market.
  • "The world is rapidly becoming multilingual and Arabic and Spanish are both key languages of the future" said language researcher David Graddol, commenting on a recent report presented to the British Council.
  • No one is aware of the changing tides of business could fail to notice that we increasingly operate in global markets. Foreign language fluency is a significant asset for job seekers, as more and more companies trade internationally.
  • The US Census Bureau reports that the nation’s Hispanic population is expected to jump to 49.3 million from 38.2 million by 2015. The 39 million Hispanics currently living in the USA make up 12.5% of the total population. This population growth has increased demand for Spanish language media: radio, television, newspapers, magazines…
  • Latin American countries are experiencing strong economic growth and becoming important global commercial partners. Newly created MERCOSUR and the existing free trade agreements between Hispanic countries and North America (ALADI, the Andean Community, CACM, NAFTA, G3), are expected to bring further growth to Latin American Economics.

Cultural Indicators :

  • Latin culture continues to have a global influence on architecture, art and literature. Who isn’t familiar with Cervantes ‘Don Quijote de la Mancha, the second most translated book after the Bible, which marked its 400th anniversary in 2005 with worldwide celebrations? Who hasn’t heard that the most expensive painting ever sold is a Picasso?
  • A plethora of literary masterpieces were written in Spanish: Don Quijote de la Mancha, La Celestina, La casa de Bernarda Alba, Cien anos de Soledad…
  • Speaking Spanish opens you up to a variety of wolrd cultures, from Spain to South America, Central America and the Caribbean. When you visit a Spanish-speaking country, your experience will be inevitably enriched by communicating in the language of its people.
  • Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava continues to make his mark worldwide, with recent and current projects in Sweden, Ireland, Germany, the Olympic campus in Athens and the site of the world trade centre in New York, among others.
  • Spanish language authors like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende continue to lead global best seller lists and win international critical acclaim.