What are the top 10 countries that speak Spanish?

Though not an official language at the national level, Spanish is regularly spoken by significant populations throughout these countries. Public services, education, and informatio

What are the top 10 countries that speak Spanish?

Though not an official language at the national level, Spanish is regularly spoken by significant populations throughout these countries. Public services, education, and information are widely available in Spanish, as are various forms of printed and broadcast media.

The Spanish language is not official but also holds a special status (in the education system, the media, and some official documents) in the Principality of Andorra which shares land borders with Spain.[27] Public education in Spanish, following the Spanish public education system is offered in Andorra. In 2008, 30.8% of students were enrolled in the Spanish education system.[28]

Spanish has no official recognition in the Central American nation of Belize, a Commonwealth realm where English is the official national language. However, the country shares land borders with Spanish-speaking Mexico and Guatemala and, per the 2010 Belizean census, Spanish is spoken by a sizable portion of the population; 30% claim Spanish as a mother tongue and about 50% of the population has working knowledge of the language.[29] The Census Report 2010 reported that 56.6% of Belizeans spoke Spanish.[26]

GibraltarEdit

The Spanish language is not official but also holds a special status (in the education system, the media, and some official documents) in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, which shares land borders with Spain.[30]

United StatesEdit

Percentage of the U.S. population aged 5 and over who speaks Spanish at home in 2019, by US States.

Spanish has been spoken in the United States for several centuries in the Southwest and Florida, which were all once part of New Spain. However, today only a minority of Spanish speakers in the U.S. trace their language back to those times; the overwhelming majority of speakers come from recent immigration. Only in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado has Spanish maintained speaking communities uninterruptedly since colonial times.[31]

Spanish is the most studied foreign language in United States schools and is spoken as a native tongue by 41 million people, plus an additional 11 million fluent second-language speakers.[32] Though not official, Spanish has a special status for education in the American state of New Mexico.[33] With almost 60 million native speakers and second language speakers, the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico.[34] Spanish is increasingly used alongside English nationwide in business and politics. In the United States, the language is regulated by the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.

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