Macedonia is above the European average in terms of knowledge of foreign languages. In the country, 68.3 percent of the citizens speak a language other than their mother tongue.
According to Eurostat data published by Euronews on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, in Europe about 65 percent of the population knows at least one foreign language. By comparison, in the United States only about 20 percent of the adult population speaks another language.
There is considerable variation between regions of the Old Continent. In the Nordic countries, a large percentage of people know at least two languages, while in Southern Europe this is not the case.
By contrast, in the United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Albania, Hungary and Bulgaria, less than 50 percent of people are “multilingual”.