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The Catalan language is a Romance language spoken in Catalonia, Valencian Community, the eastern part of Aragon, the Balearic Islands, a small zone of Murcia (all of them in Spain), Andorra, North Catalonia (in France) and the Italian city of L'Alguer. Together, those places are often called the Catalan Countries.
|Pronunciation||[kətəˈɫa] (EC) ~ [kataˈɫa] (WC)|
|Native to||Andorra, France, Italy, Spain|
|Region||See geographic distribution of Catalan|
|11.5 million (2009)|
Catalan (regulated by the IEC)
|Latin (Catalan alphabet)|
Official language in
Spain (co-official language in the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and the Valencian Community)
|Regulated by||Institut d'Estudis Catalans|
Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua
There are about 6 million people who speak Catalan as a first language and about 4 million people as a second language. Catalan is the sixth-most-spoken Romance language and also the most-spoken language that is not an official language in the European Union.