Only 30 percent of Spaniards speak English
According to figures published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) today only 5% of adults aged between 25 and 74 years old have an advanced level of English, that is, a little more than a million people; 16% have an average knowledge of English and 8% admit to only having a basic knowledge of the language.
The survey carried out in 2007 which looked at the participation of the Spanish adult population in educative activities showed that 29.24% of the adult population had a knowledge of English and 14.7% a knowledge of French.
The sector of the population with the highest knowledge of English was found to be those aged between 25 and 34 years old, in fact 50.24% of them. On the other hand, only 7.65% of older people had a high knowledge of the language.
Figures published today also show that slightly more women (52.6%) than men (48%) aged between 25 and 34 years old possess a knowledge of English.
Knowledge of and the use of English is more common amongst higher educated people and those with university educations (62.09%) compared to secondary school educated people (39.5%).
The INE also discovered that 33.6% of all adults included in the survey say that they are able to use a language other than their mother tongue;12.6% said that they had knowledge of two other languages while just 4% had knowledge of three or more languages.
The survey also found that 41.5% of the adult population (47.4% of men and 35.7% of women) and 16% of university students had not read a book for pleasure during the 12 months preceding the survey.