All you need to know about Sweden in one map



The USA comes out slightly better. English is only the second most popular language on Duolingo here. The only other first-world countries where the official language is the second most popular on Duolingo are Norway and Austria.

Duolingo writes:

Duolingo’s Swedish course turns out to be the most popular in Sweden itself: 27% of all users in Sweden are learning Swedish.

Why would that be the case? Immigration to Sweden has been skyrocketing in recent years: one in six Swedish residents in 2015 was born outside of Sweden. The fastest growing foreign-born groups are from Syria and Afghanistan, reflecting a recent increase in the refugee population. Duolingo recently released a Swedish course for Arabic speakers, which will hopefully help!

But it’s not just Sweden. There are several other countries where immigrants are using Duolingo to learn the language of their new home.

In the United States, immigrants constitute 13.1% of the total population. But even more — over 20% of the population — speak a language other than English at home, and over 25 million people speak English less than “Very Well”. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, English is the second most popular language in the United States, attracting 21% of the country’s Duolingo users.

Another case is Norway, where Norwegian is the second most popular language (with 18% of all users). Similarly to Sweden, Norway has been recently accepting many migrants and refugees. According to the data from the beginning of the year, immigrants constitute 13.4% of the total population in Norway.



6 responses to “All you need to know about Sweden in one map

  1. Carl Churchill May 9, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Do you know what’s going on with the Burmese and Nepalese learning Spanish? Namibians wanting to learn German is interesting, it’s been a century since German rule there, what’s going on?

    • nydwracu May 9, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      There probably aren’t many Duolingo courses offered in Burmese or Nepali.

      A third of Namibia’s white population speaks German.

    • nydwracu May 9, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Duolingo: “If we further exclude English-speaking countries, we are left with only a handful of countries for which English is not one of the top two languages: the Scandinavian and the Balkan countries in Europe, Iran in Middle East, Ethiopia in Africa, and Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and Myanmar in Asia. For each of these countries, Duolingo doesn’t actually offer an English course, and so it’s possible that English would have made it to the top two, had the course been offered.”

  2. haishan May 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    At least they’re trying to assimilate?

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