Do you know that there are about 7.000 languages around the world and that Spanish is among the 5 most spoken?
Around the world
Spanish is the official languages in 21 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Espana, Guatemala, Guinea Ecuatorial, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama¡, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Republica Dominicana, Uruguay y Venezuela. It is also officially recognized in some southern jurisdictions of the U.S. and the Philippines.
It is among the 5 most spoken languages in the world just after Mandarin, English, Hindi and Arabic.
- 495 millon people speak Spanish as first, second or foreign language.
- 535 millon people (about 7% of the world’s population) will speak Spanish within 20 years.
- 10% of the world population will communicate to each other within 3 or 4 generations.
- 18 millon people in 86 countries are currently studying Spanish today.
- In 2050, the U.S.A will be the country with the largest Spanish speaking population in the world.
- Almost 8% of internet users communicate in Spanish.
- Spanish is the third most used language in internet and the second most used in Twitter (just behind English).
- 80 millon users in Facebook communicate in Spanish
*Source: Anuario El espanol en el mundo.Instituto Cervantes. Ministerio de Educacion. Gobierno de Espana
Canada and Latinoamerica
- There are up to 200 languages in Canada as mother language or for domestic use. (2011 Canada Census)
- Tourism is an important link between Canada and Latinamerica. In 2011,
- Mexico, Cuba y Repulica Dominicana were the main touristic destinations for Canadian citizens, just after the USA.
- The touristic traffic is bidirectional and very important: From the 15.98 million tourists visiting Canada in 2011, almost 7% were from latinamerican countries (Mexico ranks 7th place while the following is Spain).
- The main reasons for Canadians to learn Spanish are: the tourism, commercial relations, studies, to know other cultures, family relations or future retirement.
- Commercial exchange between Canada and Latinamerica grows annually. Today, almost 7% of Canadian exporting companies have as destination the Latinamerican market. Alberta is one of the 3 main exporting provinces of Canada.
- The main exportation markets in Latinamerica are: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela.
*Source: Statistics Canada¡
Hispanic culture has a long standing tradition in Alberta and more specifically in Edmonton.
Massive immigration of Latinamerican citizens (from Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, among many others) towards our province was specially important during the 70’s and 80’s due mainly to political and economical reasons.
Multiculturalism and the culture integration of those citizens is a living reality and their roots are kept alive in the city of Edmonton.
Today in Edmonton we can keep in touch and live the hispanic culture through out a network of associations, cultural entities, restaurants, communication media, and churches.
In this document you will find all these resources and ideas to get closer to the hispanic culture near to you.
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