Spain language map
Map of Spain language. Spain language map (Southern Europe - Europe) to print. Spain language map (Southern Europe - Europe) to download. The languages of Spain (Spanish: lenguas de España), or Spanish languages (Spanish: lenguas españolas or lenguas hispánicas), are the languages spoken or once spoken in Spain as its shown in Spain language map. Romance languages are the most widely spoken in Spain; of which Spanish, or Castilian, is the only language which has official status for the whole country. Various other languages have co-official or recognised status in specific territories, and a number of unofficial languages and dialects are spoken in certain localities.
In terms of number of speakers and dominance, the most prominent of the languages of Spain is Spanish, which nearly everyone in Spain can speak as either first or second language. In 2005, 89% of Spaniards spoke Spanish as their native language, followed by Catalan/Valencian with 9%, Galician is spoken by 5% and Basque by 1%. 3% had another native language (Percentages add up to over 100% as it includes those brought up bilingually) as its mentioned in Spain language map. Spanish is official throughout the country; the rest of these have co-official status in their respective communities, and (except Aranese) are widespread enough to have daily newspapers and significant book publishing and media presence in those communities. In the cases of Catalan and Galician, they are the main languages used by the Catalan and Galician regional governments and local administrations.
There are robust regional languages figuring prominently in a series of territories: Aranese, co-official in Catalonia. It is spoken mainly in the Pyrenean comarca of the Aran Valley (Val d'Aran), in north-western Catalonia as you can see in Spain language map. It is a variety of Gascon, which in turn is a variety of the Occitan language. Basque, co-official in the Basque Country and Navarre (see Basque and mixed zones). Basque is the only non-Romance language in mainland Spain. Catalan, co-official in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and, as a distinct variant (Valencian), in the Valencian Community. It is recognised—but not official—in Aragon (La Franja). Furthermore, it is also spoken without official recognition in the municipality of Carche, Murcia. Galician, co-official in Galicia. It is also spoken without official recognition in the adjacent western parts of the Principality of Asturias and Castile and León.