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Companies that do not have language skills to sell online abroad in France 2014

This statistic shows the level of difficulty encountered by French companies that sold or tried to sell their products and/or services online in other European Union countries in 2014 and had to overcome language difficulties to do so. About 25 percent of the companies surveyed said that not knowing a foreign language was a big problem when they wanted to sell online within the European Union.

French companies who do not have language skills when selling products online in another EU country in 2014*

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Release date

May 2015



Survey time period

January 19 to February 6, 2015

Number of respondents

402 respondents

Special properties

companies who sold their products and/or services online in another EU country in 2014 and those who did or tried to do so

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* The question was phrased by the source as follows: "For each of the following difficulties that may present itself when selling or trying to sell online to other EU countries, can you tell me if it has been a major problem, a minor problem or not a problem at all ? - You lack the language skills to deal with foreign countries"
"« Pour chacune des difficultés suivantes qui peut être rencontrée en vendant ou en essayant de vendre en ligne dans d'autres pays de l'UE, pourriez-vous me dire si cela a posé un problème important, un problème mineur ou pas de problème du tout ? - Vous manquez de connaissances linguistiques pour commercer avec des pays étrangers"

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