Thursday, January 17, 2008

Map of European Languages

This is a great map, found on uploaded by the user pizzler. In the U.S. we understand that other countries sometimes speak foreign languages, but we have the advantage that all 50 states speak the same language (or at least a similar version of the same language). So it's somewhat of an abstract concept to most Americans. And European geography isn't exactly a major topic in the U.S. school system, so most people don't understand how many countries there are, and especially how small some of them are.

This visual map really helps convey the diversity within the EU. It maps 46 languages across the European continent, and I know there are more. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for the EU to actually get anything done between countries.


  1. "I can't imagine how difficult it must be for the EU to actually get anything done between countries."

    Its actually very easy, you see, along with geography we learn another languages at school, and instead of invading another countries we cant locate in the map, we try to work things out first.
    Im writing in english, am i english, american, australian, etc??
    Nop, but i speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, French and a little of Italian.
    Learning is what makes you smart, which is the opposite of dumb :-)

  2. I am sorry, but whatever attribute this map ctually tries to visualize, it is not language prevalence, use or origin. At least Greece and Sweden are off, not to mention Cyprus, Albania, the ex-Yugoslavia.

    These map of language families could be much much older, yet the conditions in places like Scandinavian region or the mediterranean seem modern.

    All in all, an interesting visual, but the data do not seem to reflect what people guess they reflect.