Italy Language Stats


English > Conversational English prevalence 34% 2000 18th out of 27
French > Conversational French prevalence 16% 2000 7th out of 27
French status Official language. Bible 1530-1986. 2044
German > Conversational German prevalence 5% 2000 22nd out of 27
Italian > Conversational Italian prevalence 1% 2000 18th out of 27
Languages Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area) 2008
Linguistic diversity index 0.593 2009 67th out of 200
Major language(s) Italian 2012
Polish > Conversational Polish prevalence 0.0 2000 21st out of 27
Romani > Romani speaking Roma population > 2000 42,000 2000 15th out of 31
Romani > Romani speaking Roma population from total Roma population > 2000 90% 2000 10th out of 31
Romani language > Gypsy > Speakers 42,000 2000 14th out of 29
Romani language > Gypsy > Speakers per 1000 0.738 2000 24th out of 29
Russian > Conversational Russian prevalence 0.0 2000 23th out of 27
Spanish > Conversational Spanish prevalence 11% 2000 3rd 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.


Italy Language Profiles (Subcategories)

Romani 3

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