A study published in April 2019 by Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office, presents a comprehensive overview of self-reported foreign language skills in the European Union. According to the study, proficiency levels in foreign languages vary across countries within the European Union. Approximately 64% of the working population (ages 25-64) living in the EU is multilingual. A total of 21% of this group claim to speak two or more additional languages, and 8% claim to speak three or more languages. In addition, the study highlights the importance of education in foreign language learning. People with a higher education tend to speak at least one more foreign language than those with a lower education (82.5% versus 41%). Although linguistic diversity is often considered a barrier to European unity, the study shows that linguistic diversity can actually serve as a source of strength, as it encourages people to learn languages, which leads to higher levels of education and openness to other cultures and peoples.
The nature of the European Union is based on cultural, identity, and language diversity. The EU strives to represent the union in diversity, hence it is proud of the different cultures and languages that make up the entirety of its territory. Therefore, the promotion of language learning across Europe is a key component of the European reality, whether it is for personal or professional opportunities, cultural awareness and understanding, and the competencies that a multilingual profile provides for business growth and success.
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