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Wo spricht man Deutsch? / Where is German spoken as main language?
Deutschland I 6sterreich / Schweiz / Liechtenstein
Countries with the most German speakers Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein
Three EU countries have German as their sole nationwide official language: the small principality of Liechtenstein, where 35,000 people speak German; Austria, with around 7.5 million German speakers; and of course Germany, with about 10 times as many people who use the language - not all of the nearly 83 million German citizens speak German though. Switzerland
In Switzerland, German is one of four official languages. About two thirds of the population - s million people - speak German. German emigrants like Hermann Hesse and Erich Maria Remarque, both famous authors, were enamored with Switzerland's Italian-speaking region. In exile and until his death, Remarque often lived in this villa on Lake Maggiore
In Luxembourg, too, German is one of the country's official languages, alongside Luxembourgish and French. About 470,000 inhabitants of the Grand Duchy speak German as their mother tongue. Luxembourgish has only been the national language since 1984 and is spoken mainly on radio and television. However, most writing is done in German.
The spread of a language reflects history: In France, German is a minority language. The country's 1.2 million German speakers live in the German-French border area that includes Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine. They speak Franconian and Alemannic dialects. Old inscriptions recall the times of German administration.
German is the official minority language in Italy in South Tyrol, which belonged to Austria until 1919. Even today, more than 60% oftbe population in the autonomous province of Bolzano-Soutb Tyrol, which has about 520,000 inhabitants, speak German as their mother tongue. Throughout the province, signs are bilingual, in German and Italian.