Proportional Pie Chart of the World’s Most Spoken Languages

Mark L. Sheppard:

Infographics are always thought-provoking and this one is no exception. I enjoy seeing numbers relative to population or geography.

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

“A world of languages” is a fascinating infographic created by Alberto Lucas Lopéz for the South China Morning Post. On his website Lopéz explains:

There are at least 7,102 known languages alive in the world today. Twenty-three of these languages are a mother tongue for more than 50 million people. The 23 languages make up the native tongue of 4.1 billion people. We represent each language within black borders and then provide the numbers of native speakers (in millions) by country. The colour of these countries shows how languages have taken root in many different regions.

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