Learning foreign languages in the European Union

Eurostat (the Statistics Office of the European Union) has published its statistics on language learning at primary and secondary levels just in time for the European Day of Languages, celebrated on 26 September each year.

​​The stats show that 84% of primary level students study at least one foreign language, with 94% choosing English. English continues to dominate in the first years of secondary level, with 97% of students choosing it. In second place is French (34% of that group), followed by German (23%), Spanish (13%), Russian (3%) and Italian (1%).
 
 Link to the Eurostat press release
 

More about the European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages was first organised in 2001, jointly by the Council of Europe​ and the European Union, with the aim of both encouraging language learning and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Europe. This year several events are being organised across Europe, including conferences, television and radio programmes, language courses, etc.

 Link to the European Day of Langua​ges website