What’s the most common choice for a second language in Europe? It’s not French, German, Spanish, or Italian. It’s English.

In Europe, English is the most widely spoken non-native language. Thirty-eight percent of the population speaks English and in 19 European Union member-states, it’s the dominant foreign language. The popularity of English in Europe may not come as a shock, since it’s commonly referred to as “the language of business” globally.

On a (rather small) continent with over 60 indigenous languages and 50 countries, English became a common denominator. It started with the politicians and bureaucrats from all over Europe…

Courtney Withrow

Writer and Blogger. International Relations, Travel, Culture. Find me at courtneywithrow.com or travelabroad.blog.

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