|Native speakers||40 million (2012)|
Which countries in Europe speak Portuguese?
Percentage of people who speak Portuguese as a mother tongue or foreign language in each European country.
- Portugal 95.6%
- Luxembourg 20.96%
- France 2.41%
- Spain 1.55%
- United Kingdom 1.36%
- Belgium 0.74%
- Netherlands 0.6%
- Denmark 0.29%
Where is Portuguese spoken in the world?
Portuguese is an official language in ten countries and territories, including Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macau, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe.
Is Portuguese from Portugal different from Portuguese from Brazil?
Portuguese and Brazilians still speak the same language, but it has evolved in slightly different ways over the years due to cultural and historical differences.
Why is Brazil the only Portuguese?
The reason Brazilians speak Portuguese is because Brazil was colonized by Portugal, but the history is a bit more complex. In the 15th century, Spain and Portugal were the “big guns.” Columbus had discovered America for Spain, while Portugal was advancing along the African coast.
Is Portuguese like Spanish?
Yes, Portuguese and Spanish are the most alike languages.
As you probably know, Spanish and Portuguese are both Ibero-Romance languages that developed on the Iberian Peninsula. Spain and Portugal occupy the unique geographic layout of the Iberian Peninsula.
What does Portuguese sound like to foreigners?
European Portuguese sounds like Spanish & French mixed together with a bit of Italian… and dark in sound. Brazilian Portuguese sounds like French & Spanish mixed… and as if someone was constantly pinching their nose while speaking.
Do people in Portugal speak English?
Approximately 32% of Portuguese people can speak and understand English, while 24% can speak and understand French. Despite Spanish being mutually intelligible in a sense that most Portuguese understand it written and/or spoken, only 9% of the Portuguese population can speak it fluently.