Belgian Language Stats


English > Conversational English prevalence 52% 2000 11th out of 27
French > Conversational French prevalence 85% 2000 1st out of 27
French status The eastern subdialect of Walloon is considered to be more difficult to understand within Belgium. The following municipalities have minority rights for Dutch-speaking persons: Comines-Warneton, Mouscron, Enghien, Floubecques; and for German-speaking persons: Malm�dy, Weismes, Welkenraedt. Official language. Bible 1530-1986. 2044
German > Conversational German prevalence 22% 2000 7th out of 27
Italian > Conversational Italian prevalence 4% 2000 7th out of 27
Languages Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%, legally bilingual (Dutch and French) 2008
Linguistic diversity index 0.734 2009 45th out of 200
Major language(s) Dutch, French, German 2013
Polish > Conversational Polish prevalence 0.0 2000 20th out of 27
Romani > Romani speaking Roma population > 2000 10,000 2000 21st out of 31
Romani > Romani speaking Roma population from total Roma population > 2000 80% 2000 20th out of 31
Romani language > Gypsy > Speakers 10,000 2000 20th out of 29
Romani language > Gypsy > Speakers per 1000 0.975 2000 22nd out of 29
Russian > Conversational Russian prevalence 1% 2000 17th out of 27
Spanish > Conversational Spanish prevalence 5% 2000 8th out of 27

SOURCES: SPECIAL EUROBAROMETER 386 “Europeans and their Languages”, p. 21.
; SPECIAL EUROBAROMETER 386 “Europeans and their Languages”, p. 21.; Ethnologue; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; Wikipedia: Linguistic diversity index (Rankings by country) (UNESCO World Report – Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue); British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; Wikipedia: Romani language; Dieter W. Halwachs: Rombase, Speakers and Numbers pp1.; Dieter W. Halwachs: Rombase, Speakers and Numbers pp1. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.


Belgium Language Profiles (Subcategories)

Romani 3

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