Top 10 Languages Spoken in Europe

Which languages have the most native speakers in Europe?
according to Wikipedia
Quiz by relessness
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Last updated: March 11, 2020
First submittedJanuary 7, 2017
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Native Speakers
Language
106 mil
Russian
97 mil
German
72 mil
French
65 mil
Italian
63 mil
English
Native Speakers
Language
39 mil
Polish
38 mil
Spanish
33 mil
Ukrainian
24 mil
Romanian
22 mil
Dutch
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
Very cool :) and great that there's a source! now I can finally make the five by continent! :)
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
Spoke too soon, dang it! The pages only show official languages. Some things aren't meant to be...
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Level 47
Jan 7, 2017
I'm trying to make a quiz for each continent. But I'm having working out the data myself. When I'm finished feel free to make it!
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
That's amazing! So far I calculated the English population in Asia as around 444.5 million
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Level 47
Jan 7, 2017
I was doing just native speakers. Got this for Asia: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/6121/top-10-spoken-languages-in-asia
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
Native speakers only? That isn't what your source is working with.
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
By the way, we now finished the 5-by-continent version. Does it look right? I know we must've made many mistakes. Using all speakers.
and a native speaker-only quiz sounds nice. I'll take a shortcut for that one and wait for you to make the rest :D
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Level 47
Jan 7, 2017
Yeah I'm not sure about the source for this one tbh. It claims first and second speakers, but the numbers seem way too low. I find t hard to believe that only 58 million people can speak English as a first or second language.
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Level 47
Jan 7, 2017
Sorry 59 million. Anyway. The Russian data on mine is wrong as discussed below, but there than that looks good!
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
That is true, about English speakers. and looks good? Great, but I know someone will correct my numbers or languages. I love feedback especially if its helpful, but I'd rather have it before I actually submit the quiz so I know it's right. Anyone else, feel free to critique.. :)
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
Very odd fact: we just added the numbers up on "Countries by English speaking population" and got... 260 million!! Check yourself if you want to. These definitely look like native speakers, so I'll need to fix all of my Europe
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Level 67
Jan 14, 2019
I think being able to speak a language, and it being "your language" are different things. Many people are probably able to speak english, but do not consider it their second language. Most people have grown up with only one language, in a country(region) with one (dominant) language.

besides the uk and ireland which european country has english as an official language?

looked it up, only malta as far as I can see, and that wont add much to the totals. (half a million max)

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Level 58
Jun 19, 2020
Although English is an official language of Malta, it's usually not their first language, which is Maltese.
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Level 24
Jul 14, 2020
If you add up first and second language speakers then it should come up to just under the 66 million mark. But if you only use first language then people who's language of choice is something like Polish, Welsh, Gaelic, Scots, Ulster Scots etc takes a couple million off.
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Level 71
Dec 13, 2018
Add Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin, and Hindi for South America
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Level 70
Jan 7, 2017
The correct number for Russian according to the source is 95 million, 82 million is for Russia only.
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
+1 95 million includes Russophones in Belarus and Ukraine, etc.
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Level 47
Jan 7, 2017
Yeah I've changed it, just waiting for the quizmaster to approve it.
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Level 74
Jan 7, 2017
Excellent quiz, quite challenging but I got the last with 4 s cones to spare.
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Level 67
Apr 5, 2020
You had scones to spare? Can I try one I never had one
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Level 59
Aug 27, 2020
Lovely with jam and cream. Or is it cream then jam?
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Level 62
Feb 24, 2017
Misspelled Ukrainian Ukranian. Only one I missed.
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Level 50
Apr 20, 2017
Same!
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Level 54
May 22, 2018
same :(
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Level 66
Jul 11, 2020
It's like some people misspelling Australia as 'Austrailia' 😄
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Level 67
Jul 11, 2020
Same... only one I missed this time
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Level 60
Apr 20, 2017
Forgot all about the bloody Dutch
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Level 57
Apr 20, 2017
This quiz unfairly advantages people who aren't ignorant.
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Level 45
Apr 20, 2017
lol
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Level 64
Apr 20, 2017
Surprised Serbo-Croatian didn't make it.
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Level 71
Apr 20, 2017
So close.
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Level 62
Apr 20, 2017
I somehow managed to forget English. *facepalm*
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Level 64
Apr 20, 2017
Que?
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Level 48
Jun 30, 2018
same :8
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Level 67
Jul 11, 2020
Better than forget to manage "english" (or maybe not..) 95% of the time, especially when I type very fast, it comes out as englsih.. I have to correct it nearly every damn time! I guess my finger that is going to type the s, just beats the one that has to type the i to it every time..
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Level 72
Apr 20, 2017
Should turkish make the list?
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Level 47
Apr 21, 2017
The source says there's about 19 million native Turkish speakers in Europe.
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Level 25
Apr 26, 2017
There are more French speakers that What you said... France alone is 67millions. The you have to add The French speakers of Belgium,Luxembourg, Monaco, Andorra and Switzerland
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Level 47
Apr 26, 2017
Don't forget this is native speakers only. Not everyone in France is a native speaker. And the populations of the rest of those countries is quite small. Also only 65 million live in Metropolitan France.
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Level 37
Nov 18, 2017
You have the number of people speaking Dutch at 21,900 million. As you say that the quiz only accounts for native speakers of a language and the population of the Netherlands is 17 million, almost half of Belgium must then be native Dutch speakers? (Pop. of Belgium is 11 million). Are you considering Flemish as Dutch?
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Level 57
Jan 13, 2018
Flemish is the same as Dutch, just with a different accent and a few different words for some things. It's like the difference between UK English and US English.
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Level 66
Dec 26, 2017
Yes, Dutch is an official language of Belgium (often referred to as Flemish) and is native for 60% of the population.
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2018
Surprised at the low number for English. The population of the UK is over 65 million, the vast majority of whom will be English speakers. Add in some 4.7 million Irish - the vast majority of whom will also be English speakers, and you aren't far short of 70 million.
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Level 59
Jun 30, 2018
The vast majority will be English speakers but a significant minority will not be native speakers.
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Level 60
Feb 25, 2019
Got them all with 1:15 remaining at 5:46:16 PM on February 25, 2019. I was surprised that Dutch made the list.
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Level 67
Jul 11, 2020
It is quite densely populated, plus you get the majority of Belgium aswell (which is also relatively densely populated). But even without Belgium, the country next inline would be with a population of around 10 mil a tie between Czechia, Greece, Sweden and Portugal. Ofcourse people speak portuguese in Brazil, but well that's not in Europe.

So the next on the list would be about half the number of dutch speakers (in Europe, though the numbers from the americas would not add a very significant amount, maybe 1 mill)

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Level 80
Feb 26, 2019
In my travels around Europe I've many times thought that it would be very handy to speak Russian. Not only is it tied to be the most widely spoken language, apparently, but also those Europeans who speak Russian are much less likely than the German-speakers to have even a passable level of English.
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Level 47
Jan 1, 2020
ONE SECOND LEFT! LOL!
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Level 32
Mar 19, 2020
Spanish 38 mil. Spain population 46 mil. Well, there's 8 mil. mute spaniards I guess x)
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Level 60
Jul 7, 2020
I agree, that number is misleading.
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Level 55
Jul 11, 2020
Catalan, Galician, Basque etc. speakers would disagree. Mute signers would also disagree.
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Level 86
Jul 11, 2020
I am not mute. I am catalan.
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Level 37
Jul 12, 2020
You guys are native Spanish speakers too, like it or not.
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Level 24
Jun 13, 2020
I got it all right except German... I FORGOT GERMAN
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Level 48
Jul 11, 2020
Tried Hungarian, Estonian, and even Belarusian. But forgot ROMANIAN!
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Level 55
Jul 11, 2020
Paused a bit, then Romanian ftw
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Level 30
Jul 11, 2020
I had just started typing in Ukranian which popped into my head at the last moment and then the time ran out.
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Level 52
Jul 11, 2020
Accept the misspelling "Ukranian"? I got 9/10 because of this :(
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Level 38
Jul 12, 2020
I made a French Version of this quiz. Thanks relessness.
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Level 59
Jul 13, 2020
Are there native British who do not speak English as a first language? Population is 66.6M in 2019.