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​​Interesting facts about the Spanish language​

Interesting facts about the Spanish language


Spanish is the second most widely used language on the internet after English. Spanish increased in popularity by 807.4% from 2000 to 2011, whereas the popularity of English grew by 301.4% in the same period. According to the World Data Analyst of Encyclopaedia Britannica, as from 2030, 7.5% of the global population will be made up of Spanish speakers. This means that in three or four generations, 10% of the people living in the world will speak Spanish. By 2050, USA will become the country with the largest number of Spanish speakers.


As the second most widely spoken language in the world, Spanish opens up cultural, social and economic possibilities in the industry, as well as in financial exchanges, business internationalisation, immigration opportunities and great chances for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.


The Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport carries out educational programmes in foreign countries to strengthen the presence of Spanish in educational systems abroad. In Brazil, a ‘Spanish bill’ was passed in Parliament making Spanish the first foreign language being taught in schools. About 5 million students are already learning the language. With regard to higher education, emphasis is being laid on international relations of Spanish universities with their counterparts in other counties as well as student and faculty mobility through exchange programmes like the Spanish-Brazilian Science Without Borders.


In 2007, language tourism in Spain had a €462.5 million turnover, welcoming 237,600 language learners who spent €176.5 million in Spanish courses (86% in private learning centres; the rest in universities). From 2000 to 2007, the number of language tourists coming to Spain increased by 137.6%.


Below is the link to the MARCA ESPAÑA website which includes all sorts of updated information about Spain, its economy, its society and culture:

MARCA ESPAÑA​ in Spanish 

MARCA ESPAÑA in English 


 Directorate for Lifelong Learning & Early School Leavers
Ministry for Education and Employment
Great Siege Road

2598 2444