The Spanish and its speakers in figures

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• More 450 million people speak Spanish.

• Spanish is the fourth language in the world by number of speakers and the second language of international communication.

• For demographic reasons, the percentage of the world population speaks Spanish as a native language is increasing, while the proportion of speakers of Chinese and English descends.

• En 2030, the 7,5% of the world population will be speaking (total 535 million), percentage that stands out above the Russian (2,2%), French (1,4%) and German (1,2%). By then, only overtake the Chinese as a group of Spanish native speakers of domain.

• Within three or four generations, the 10% of the world population will be understood in Spanish.

• En 2050 United States will be the first Spanish-speaking country in the world.

• A 14 million students studying Spanish as a foreign language.

• El inglés, French, Spanish and German, in this order, are the most studied language as a foreign language, according to data from 2005.

• A 237.000 students traveled to Spain to learn Spanish during 2007.

• The image of the Spanish language is associated with the spread of a culture of quality international.

• The Cervantes Institute has an annual growth 21% in enrollments of students of Spanish.

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