Persons who regularly use 3,2,1 or no national language (s)

Full name of indicator: percentage of people regularly using 3,2,1 or no national language(s)

Definitions

Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. This indicator provides the percentage of people among the permanent resident population aged 15 and over that indicated one, two, three, four or no national language(s). The three questions in the structural survey on languages are used to establish the “linguistic repertory”. These are: the main language, the language usually spoken at home/with relatives and the language usually spoken at work/in school. Dialects were not listed separately when indicated as main language: Swiss-German with German, Franco-Provencal with French, Italian or Ticino/Italo/Graubünden dialect with Italian. For the languages usually spoken at home and at work, however, they were listed separately. The respondents were able to indicate several main languages for each question. Up to three languages were taken into account as main language; no limit was placed for the two other questions.

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