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November 3, 2008

Europe mapped by language


Right here.

Back story in a January 31, 2008 post on siberianlight.net.

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The Romanian and Moldovan language are one and the same, actually. Only due to recent political decisions they are regarded as two different languages, since Moldova is now an independent republic.
The comment saying that Transylvania is historically a region of Hungary is a case of propaganda that still exists, because the past conflicts between Romania and Hungary. Transylvania was indeed under Hungarian domination for a while, until it was recovered, but the population's nationality and language was always Romanian. Hungarian language is spoken only by the Hungarian minorities in Romania, who have the right to study it in schools besides the official Romanian language; but it is not 'spreading'. The only one needing to 'get the facts' is the person who posted that comment on a article containing what was supposed to be a neutral study, trying to pollute it with xenophobic and extremist claims.
By the way, in the south of Italy, most people are speaking the local dialect, not the official Italian.

Posted by: K | Apr 10, 2009 8:43:11 AM

I love these kinds of maps, but it seems that some of the selected languages might be slightly historical. It still amazes me though how certain remote areas can hold on to a native language even when most of the people don't speak it.

Posted by: Japanese Words | Feb 28, 2009 3:43:10 AM

Hungarian spreads way into romania, covering the area known as Transylvania. Traditional and historically a Hungarian area. Check your facts.

Posted by: lizz | Feb 27, 2009 8:25:17 PM


Posted by: FRANC | Dec 22, 2008 2:45:16 PM

You Euros need to calm down, this is really cool. You could try to be a little more constructive in your criticism. But then again you are turtle-neck wearing cowards who have historically murdered people over these differences.

Nice Map, you should do a North American one next, I'd like to see the differences in dialects of English, as well as French, Spanish and First Nations languages.

Posted by: Canuck | Dec 15, 2008 4:52:52 AM

I guess the languages for Poland have been marked as per year 1918

Posted by: dvlcis | Dec 9, 2008 3:06:59 PM

It is very strange that, Cyprus and South of Russia counts as a European country, but not Turkey. funny.

Posted by: Murat | Nov 22, 2008 7:06:22 PM

This is a map of language over time and the movement of language...the problem is that it is missing a date in time for when these languages were in each country/county/state etc. Regardless, it is not the current map, that's for sure. And yes, Lap is correct, Lappish is a dead, or almost dead, language in the Uralic branch of languages. I seriously suggest everyone who attacked this man for simply putting up a map of languages to educate yourself instead of responding strictly on pride for your country and language.

Posted by: Laura | Nov 21, 2008 10:33:51 PM

The map is quite faulty and misleading. In Luxembourg there are three official languages, german, french and louxembourgish which is a germanic dialect but still very different from german. As far as I know louxembourgish is spoken by most people in Luxembourg.

Posted by: blub | Nov 18, 2008 6:27:09 PM

this is fricking awesome, i commend you

Posted by: | Nov 16, 2008 2:52:28 PM

Faulty map but you get the gist.

The real problem is the all the comments, they're generally wrong.

Posted by: Fupple | Nov 16, 2008 2:38:57 AM

In the south west of France, next to the basque coutry ,some people speak Béarnais

Posted by: hicham | Nov 15, 2008 3:32:47 PM

Scotland is wrong, as is Ireland.
In Western Scotland, mainly on the islands, Gaelic is spoken, in North East Scotland, Dorric is spoken, Scots is spoken throughout, as is English.
Sorry, but your facts are wrong.

Posted by: DMC | Nov 14, 2008 10:36:33 AM

In the south Italy they don't speak italian...

Posted by: giochi gratis | Nov 14, 2008 4:05:45 AM

Concerning Sami language ( or Lapp as you call it)
Someone has correctly stated that you can't use the term Lapp in these countries any more. No less than the term "negro" in the US!
But my main concern is the fact that the colors indicate that the Sami language is the only one or perheps the predominant one in northern Scandinavia. Which of course is not correct. The Sami language is spoken here, but only by a minority. On the Norwegian side of the border, to the North, practically everybody speaks Norwegian and only about 1/4 of the population also speak Sami. I am uncertain as to the figures for Finland and Sweden, but I believe the same goes there: Nearly all the people speak the national languages, including Sami people. And they only constitute a small minority even in their own areas.

Posted by: ivar | Nov 11, 2008 7:19:27 AM

Finnish has got two n-s (Suomen kieli on englanniksi finnish kahdella n-kirjaimella).

Finish: to come to the end of a course, task, or undertaking (M-W 2008)
Finnish: the Finno-Ugric language of the Finns (M-W 2008).

Posted by: Lapa | Nov 8, 2008 11:27:22 AM

Sorry, but from an Irish perspective this map is totally wrong, very few of us speak Gaelic fluently. We all study it in school, it's obligatory, but only about 40,000 people on the Western fringes of the country use it on a daily basis. I'm proud that the Irish language hasn't completely died yet but it makes me smile when I read references to census figures that say that 1.6M of my country's 4M population is bilingual.

Posted by: Mark | Nov 8, 2008 6:29:39 AM

There are no Germans left in Romania. They've all gone to West Germany during the communist years - who can blame them, the Romanians would have gone too but they weren't allowed. I think this is true for the whole East Europen area.

Posted by: gio | Nov 8, 2008 6:18:27 AM

No pockets of Flautulanto shown on this map! Perfidy!
Soon to be a Major Language, coming near you!

Plec yeh, loubti languishhashers!!

Posted by: Flinguist | Nov 7, 2008 4:39:09 PM

C'est tout à fait vrai ce que SomeFrenchGuy a dit.

Posted by: Morgaine | Nov 7, 2008 4:15:25 PM

Heed the Celt for he speaks truth.

Posted by: Cúchulainn of Muirthemne | Nov 7, 2008 4:07:10 PM

I was going to comment, but everything is so innacurate and biased that I don't even know where to begin...
-Corsica is french, and speak french.
-Andora use Catalan, French and Castillan.
-If you're going to say that Basque, Breton and Franco-provencal (What the hell is that ?) are on the same level as French, German or English, then Occitan, Alsatian, Ch'timi...

Posted by: SomeFrenchGuy | Nov 7, 2008 3:38:06 PM

No Occitan? Romansch? Flemish? It's a good start, but it could use a little more detail.

Posted by: the CeLT | Nov 7, 2008 3:10:25 PM

You tell 'em Artie!

Posted by: Queen Guinevere | Nov 7, 2008 12:06:56 PM

Cornwall IS a Celtic country, not an english county. KERNOW AM BYTH!

Posted by: King Arthur | Nov 7, 2008 11:55:59 AM

Cornwall is NOT a country. It's a county of England.

Posted by: | Nov 7, 2008 6:04:20 AM


Posted by: | Nov 7, 2008 5:32:35 AM

Putting similar colors adjacent means you need photoshop to tell which blue you're looking at.


Posted by: StoneCypher | Nov 6, 2008 5:12:24 PM

Thats pretty cool, thanks! There is some connection between the geordie dialect (north east england) and danish. Maybe this is a viking thing..

Posted by: jens | Nov 6, 2008 4:17:41 PM

That small orange german spot in slovakia is nonsense. It's true that the was significant german popolation in the mining towns in the region but its not true anymore.

Posted by: artax | Nov 6, 2008 10:06:30 AM

Corsica island in the Mediterranean sea speaks French since it IS French.

Posted by: Scratchproof | Nov 6, 2008 9:39:53 AM


Posted by: Irene Bottomley | Nov 6, 2008 4:19:40 AM

you may find "Lapp" is considered derogatory in Northern Scandinavia. The linguistic stock is "Sami"

Posted by: Simac | Nov 6, 2008 12:17:02 AM

The term "Lapp" is considered derogatory, or even racist, by Sami people in Norway. Is this really the correct term in english?

Posted by: ThoLa | Nov 5, 2008 4:57:37 PM

In "illes Balears" the most spoken language is german, not catalan.

Posted by: jordi | Nov 4, 2008 9:36:27 AM

I inverted the colors when I posted that map ;-)

Posted by: Nikolas Schiller | Nov 3, 2008 6:01:31 PM

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