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Spanish is the primary language of at least 21 countries worldwide. It is estimated that more than 329 million people across the world speak Spanish as a native language and that the combined total number of Spanish speakers is 477 million, according to the Instituto Cervantes (source: Ethnologue, Languages of the World. 16t Ed., 2009), making it the second most widely spoken language in terms of native speakers. Spanish is the third most spoken language by total number of speakers (after Mandarin and English). According to same official, 7.5% of the world’s population will be Hispanic in 2030.

Spanish is the native language not only for Spain but also for most Latin American countries (Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Bolivia , Uruguay, Paraguay, Costa Rica).

Spanish is one of the most commonly used languages ​​in science, literature, international business, political meetings, and is used as an official languages by the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, and by many other international organizations.

Spain is also the first choice among the Erasmus destinations.