7+ German-speaking countries

German is official language in these 7 countries:

Germany (EU)

Austria (EU)
Liechtenstein

Luxembourg (EU)
Luxembourg has 3 official languages: German, French and Luxembourgish and the inhabitants usually speak all three languages.

Italy (EU)
German is spoken in South Tyrol, which is a German speaking part of Italy and where German is recogniced as an official language.

Switzerland
Switzerland has 4 language regions: A German part, a French part, an Italian part and a very small Romansh part. The German part if by far the biggest. The German speaking part of Switzerland has its own strong dialect, but the written German is the same as for example in Germany and they do learn the so called "High German" (which is spoken in Germany etc.) in school.

Belgium (EU)
Like Switzerland, Belgium is also divided into several language regions. One of them is the German speaking part of Belgium.

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European Union
German is an official and working language of the EU.
German is also the most spoken language in the EU by the number of native speakers.

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German is also widely spoken in other countries:

USA
The country has about 5 Million German immigrants today.

Canada
Canada has about 450 000 german immigrants.

Brazil
There are about 1,4 Million german immigrants. There is even a city called "Blumenau", which was founded by 18 Germans in 1850 and is attracting German companies today.

Poland (EU)
Poland has also a German-speaking region called "Schlesien".
In the other parts of Poland, learning German is extremely common and many people even learn it as their first foreign language.

Romania (EU)
 has a part called  "Siebenbürgen" or better known as "Transilvania", which has a big German speaking community of about 10.000 people.

Spain (EU)
does also have a few German speaking communities. By far the biggest is on the island "Mallorca".

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2nd Internet language

By the number of websites in a language, German is the second.
That means, if you know German, you have access to a lot more high quality sources.

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