Strategic Communication Language

Portuguese speakers and speakers of other languages; Status, Image and Use of the Portuguese Language in the World.


Growth of speakers (2015) by Observatory of the Portuguese LanguageObservatory of the Portuguese Language

Evolution of the number of speakers of Spanish, French, English, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Russian (1500 - 1700 - 1800 - 1900 - 1935 - 1992 - 2015)

Most spoken European languages in the world (2015) by UNESCO and EthnologueObservatory of the Portuguese Language

The most widely used European languages worldwide: Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Population of Spain, United Kingdom and Portugal.

Spanish, English and Portuguese speakers in the world.

Southern Hemisphere (2020) by Observatory of The Portuguese LanguageObservatory of the Portuguese Language

The Portuguese
is the most spoken language
in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Portuguese language will be spoken more in Africa than in America. (2020) by United NationsObservatory of the Portuguese Language

The Portuguese language in the world.

The Portuguese language will be spoken more in Africa,

due to the demographic growth of PALOP (African Portuguese Speaking Countries).

Official Languages of the African Union.

- Arab
- French
- English
- Portuguese
- Spanish
- Swahili

The Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) is a process of regional integration, initially formed by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, to which Venezuela * and Bolivia recently joined, the latter in the process of accession.

The official languages of Mercosur are Spanish and Portuguese.

MERCOSUR has three recognized languages: Spanish, Portuguese and Guarani. However, the official working languages established by the Ouro Preto Protocol are Spanish and Portuguese. In this sense, all documentation and standards approved by MERCOSUR bodies are available in Spanish and Portuguese.

Mercosur headquarters, Montevideo, Uruguay.
The official languages of Mercosur are Spanish and Portuguese.

The Treaty of Asunción and the Ouro Preto Protocol establish that Portuguese and Spanish are official languages of MERCOSUR.

The Meeting of High Authorities in Human Rights and Chancelleries of MERCOSUR and Associated States (RAADH) fully incorporates the Guarani language, along with Castilian and Portuguese, in the management of its website:

SADC Headquarters (Southern Africa Development Community

The official languages of the Community are English, French, Portuguese and - since August 2019 - Swahili.

Democratic Republic of Congo
South Africa
United Republic of Tanzania

The EU has 24 official languages.

These languages are:

Bulgarian - Croatian - Czech - Danish -Dutch - English - Estonian - Finnish - French - German - Greek - Hungarian - Irish - Italian - Latvian - Lithuanian - Maltese - Polish - Portuguese - Romanian - Slovak - Slovenian - Spanish- Swedish

Official EU language since ...
German, French, Italian and Dutch - 1958

Danish and English - 1973

Greek - 1981

Spanish and Portuguese - 1986

Finnish and Swedish - 1995

Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Maltese and Polish - 2004

Bulgarian, Irish and Romanian - 2007

Croatian - 2013

The ASEAN Secretariat (Heritage Building) (2019) by A K Enamul HaqueObservatory of the Portuguese Language

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.

What are the top 200 most spoken languages? (2020) by Ethnologue and OLPObservatory of the Portuguese Language

What are the 200 most spoken languages?

The languages listed in the 2019 edition of Ethnologue.

Ethnologue presents the present classification, identifying the number of native speakers and those who speak a language as a second language.

The number of native speakers of Portuguese was updated according to the calculation presented in this video.

Photo of Nélida Piñon (2014) by LUSA - Portuguese News Agency (EPA/António Lacerda)Observatory of the Portuguese Language

Portuguese and Spanish

Nélida Piñon reveres Portuguese and Spanish.

Portuguese and Spanish are universal languages that are at the service of humanity and both the powers and the experts are realizing the importance of both intertwined languages, ready to reinforce their positions in the world.

Credits: Story

- Ethnologue (19th edition) *
- United Nations.
- Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
- African Union.
- Mercosur.
- European Union.
- EPA / Antonio Lacerda / Lusa, Portuguese News Agency
- Maurício Lima / LUSA - Portuguese News Agency


Author: Francisco Nuno Ramos, Observatory of the Portuguese Language

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