Switzerland - Languages





Switzerland is a multilingual state with four national languages— German, French, Italian, and Rhaeto-Romansh. As of 2002,63.7% of the resident population spoke German as their principal language, predominantly in northern, central, and western Switzerland; 19.2% spoke French, mainly in the west and southwest; 7.6% Italian, primarily in the southern region closest to Italy; and 0.6% Rhaeto-Romansh, used widely only in the southeastern canton of Graubünden (Grisons). The remaining 8.9% spoke various other languages. There are numerous local dialects.

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