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10.5% of Cypriot adults do not speak a foreign language

September 26, 2018 at 5:08pm
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One out of ten Cypriot adults do not speak  a foreign language, according a Eurostat survey.

Issued on the occasion of the European Day of Languages,  the Eurostat survey said that figures on self-reported language skills show that in 2016, 65% of working-age adults in the EU knew at least one foreign language.

In Cyprus 10.5% said they did not speak a foreign language, 62.2% speak one, 20.3% speak two foreign languages and 7% speak three or more.

In the UK, 65.4% said they did not speak a foreign language — while 20% said they spoke one foreign language, 9.6% spoke two and 5% spoke three or more.

In some Member States, knowledge of foreign languages was particularly high.

For example, more than 90% of respondents knew at least one foreign language in these countries: Sweden (97%), Latvia, Denmark and Lithuania (all 96%), Luxembourg (95%), Finland and Malta (both 92%) and Estonia (91%).

High levels of multilingualism were present in Luxembourg, where more than half of the working-age adults reported speaking at least three foreign languages.

Knowledge of at least three foreign languages was also high in Finland (45%) and Slovenia (38%).

In contrast, there were four Member States where half or less than half of the working-age population knew a foreign language: the United Kingdom (35 %), Romania (36 %), Hungary (42 %) and Bulgaria (50 %).