Other languages spoken in England and Wales in 2011, by language group

Foreign languages spoken within England and Wales in 2011, by language group*

Other languages spoken in England and Wales in 2011, by language group This statistic shows the distribution of first languages, other than English or Welsh, spoken in England and Wales in 2011 at the time of the National Census, by language group. EU European languages were the most commonly spoken, possibly due to the proximity of their countries, but also due to the freedom of movement within the European Union. 2.4 percent of the total population spoke a South Asian language as their first language. This category included Indian languages such as Panjabi, Urdu, Bengali, which were the third, fourth and fifth most common foreign first languages in England and Wales.
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Foreign languages spoken within England and Wales in 2011, by language group*

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Share of population
EU European languages2.9%
South Asian languages2.4%
East Asian languages0.7%
African languages0.5%
Arabic0.3%
West/central Asian languages0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Russian0.1%
Non-EU European languages0.1%
Share of population
EU European languages2.9%
South Asian languages2.4%
East Asian languages0.7%
African languages0.5%
Arabic0.3%
West/central Asian languages0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Russian0.1%
Non-EU European languages0.1%
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This statistic shows the distribution of first languages, other than English or Welsh, spoken in England and Wales in 2011 at the time of the National Census, by language group. EU European languages were the most commonly spoken, possibly due to the proximity of their countries, but also due to the freedom of movement within the European Union. 2.4 percent of the total population spoke a South Asian language as their first language. This category included Indian languages such as Panjabi, Urdu, Bengali, which were the third, fourth and fifth most common foreign first languages in England and Wales.
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