Luxembourg Published on 03.10.13 07:59

Luxembourgers are language-savvy!

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(CS) Nearly 100 percent of Luxembourg residents state that they speak a foreign language, the highest number recorded in the European Union, according to data published by statistics agency Eurostat.

According to Eurostat, 99 percent of Luxembourg residents said in 2011 that they speak a foreign language.

The Grand Duchy was followed by Lithuania (97 percent), Latvia (95 percent), Denmark (94 percent), and Slovenia and Sweden (both 92 percent).

By comparison, in Spain only 51 percent said that they speak a second language, with Bulgaria (39 percent) and Hungary (37 percent) completing the bottom of the list.

Defying the European trend which places English as the most-commonly spoken second language, German was the best-known foreign language in Luxembourg.

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German and French were also the most studied language both in primary and secondary schools in the Grand Duchy. Considering Luxembourg's trilingual make-up this is hardly surprising.

Elsewhere in Europe, except for the UK and Ireland, English was the most studied second language at secondary school level.

Of the working age population (25 – 64 years of age) in the EU, the Maltese were the most confident about their English, with 53 percent saying they speak it proficiently, followed by Sweden (43 percent), Cyprus (41 percent) and Denmark and the Netherlands (both 36 percent).

The lowest levels of confidence about speaking English were recorded in Germany, where only 16 percent said they speak the language proficiently, followed by France (13 percent) and Italy (10 percent).

There was no data available for Luxembourg, as English was not listed as the most commonly spoken second language.

 

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