Most common non-English languages spoken in England and Wales 2011

This statistic ranks the ten most spoken languages, other than English, in England and Wales in 2011, by number of speakers. The most commonly spoken language was Polish with 546 thousand speakers, at double that of the second most common, Panjabi.

Non-English languages ranked by number of speakers in England and Wales in 2011*

Speakers in thousands
Polish546
Panjabi273
Urdu269
Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya)221
Gujarati213
Arabic159
French147
All Other Chinese**141
Portuguese133
Spanish120
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Source

Release date

March 2013

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2011

Supplementary notes

* This statistic counts individuals who reported each language as their main language.
** All Other Chinese' is an aggregate of Chinese languages and excludes those that used Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese.

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