Enrollment numbers in language training Spain 2005 to 2017

The number of enrollments in language schools in Spain revel that Spaniards are well aware of the importance of foreign languages in modern times. During the 2016/2017 academic year, almost 434 thousand people were registered at the Spanish language schools to add a new language to their curricula. In a globalized world, languages are taking a much more important role on the job market. The most studied and spoken languages in the world include English, Chinese or Spanish.

The importance of language knowledge in the job market

Enrollment numbers at language schools come as no surprise considering that foreign languages have become a vital asset for job seekers in the last years. In Spain, about 33 percent of online job openings required foreign language skills, according to the latest studies. English, par excellence the most used language for international affairs, unsurprisingly ranked first on the list of most valued languages on the Spanish job market, with approximately 93 of job openings that require foreign language skills demanding this tongue. Far from that stood French, with 11 percent of the job openings.

Languages in the Spanish editorial scene

Most of the books published in Spain during 2017 were written in the country’s main language Spanish, with over 71.5 thousand pieces. Catalan was the second most used publication language during the same year, with about 9.7 thousand works written in this language. The editorial scene in Spain also has its sights on the international market and publishes in foreign languages, of which 62 percent was English according to the latest data. Portuguese was the second foreign language that Spain most published its books in, with 21 percent of foreign-language works.

Number of students enrolled in language schools in Spain from the school year 2005/2006 to 2016/2017

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2005 to 2017

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