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Linguistic map of Europe by 1Blomma Linguistic map of Europe by 1Blomma
Linguistic map of Europe as of today. Striped areas indicate several mother tongues in the region. For example, Brussels is a majority-French city, shown striped French and Dutch because of the Dutch minority residing there.


Edit on January 5th (I followed some of your suggestions)

-Added Occitan
-Added German minority in Silesia
-Added Italian (Corsican) on Corsica
-Added English in Malta
-Grouped Ladin and Friulan together
-Changed the colour of Greek to better distinguish it from Arabic
-Increased the size from 2300x2000 to 2800x2400
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R-R-Eco Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful map!
Maybe you should also include the Albanian and Greek minorities in southern Italy.
Oh, and the Sardinian too!
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Maine86 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
According to this map, only tiny parts of Ireland and Scotland are Gaelic-speaking while half of Brittany is Breton-speaking... Anti-French language spotted! And I'm mostly Breton.
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CampbellF Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
I would probably change the name of the 'Scottish' language to 'Gaelic', as this could create confusion with the Scots language, which is similar to English.
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YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   Digital Artist
Excellent work. :)
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sjancok Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014   Writer
I. Well, all Slovak enclaves are missing:
1/ In southern Slovakia, there are enclaves north of the Danube near Komarno, and also in so called Matyasfold /between your line and flow of Maly Dunaj/
2/ In Hungary there are slovak language enclaves in Pilis (between Esztergom and Budapest), in the southern half of Nograd county (20 villages of compact slovak settlement) and overlapping the northeast of Pest county, in the Komarom county around Tata and Oroszlany, in the Borsod -Abauj - Zemplen county (in the Bukk mountains and in the Zemplenyi Mnts), and also great spread of enclaves in Bekes County (Bekescaba, Tot-Komlos etc)

www.szlovak-szarvas.sulinet.hu…

3/ In Romania there are slovak language enclaves in the Nadlak and in the Bihar county,
sk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slov…

4/In the Vojvodina there are six official languages among them also slovak and ruthenian (neither depicted in the map) slovak enclaves are in the Backa, Srem and also southern Banat.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vojvodin…

5/ Slovak enclaves in Subcarpathia are encircling the Uzhgorod and also there are more enclaves around Mukaceve and in the Uh and Uzok valley.

www.hks.re/wiki1/doku.php?id=s…

6/ Slovak enclaves of Northern Spis and Upper Orava.

II. Ukraine is very simplicized, russian speaking areas are not depicted resp. depicted as mixed, but in fact areas now held by russian separatist in Ukraine has been long ago predominantly russian speaking, also main part of Crimea while crimean Steppe was settled with crimean Tatar majority (not depicted), in the Zaporozhie Oblast there is areas with clear majority of bulgarian and even greek speakers. Also in southern Transnistria there is bulgarian enclave and in Southern Bessarabia there are gagauzian communities (not only in Moldova where they enjoy autonomy) and large bulgarian language communities. 
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Hayden120 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Fantastic work. I want to print this and put it on my wall! Minor suggestion: I recommend that the legend be revised for "Rhaeto-Romance" and "Serbo-Croatian", because currently they look like sub-groups of Occitan and Slovenian. Perhaps they should be in-line with the other languages in their respective families (Romance and Slavic) but grouped with labelled curly brackets.
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Andrn Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Oh, some other things I noticed:

1. Bulgarian is missing from Dimitrovgrad region (eastern Serbia); there are also some Vlach (Romanian) areas in NE Serbia, but they're quite minor
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

2. There are some Serbian small enclaves in eastern and southern Kosovo
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kos…

3. Nr. 31 in Romania is in fact Croatian
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rom…
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Andrn Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
It's a beautiful map. Well done!

Apart form some minor details this is one one of the best European linguistic maps I've seen so far.
Some of the corrections I think are needed:

1.Perhaps Kashubian should also be depicted (if Sorbian is depicted I see no reson why Kashubian shouldn't be)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cas…

2. Some regional languages are missing from western Ukraine
- Hungarian in Transcarpatia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Etn…
- Romanian in Transcarpatia, Chernivtsi Oblast and south Odessa Oblast
- Bulgarian in south Odessa Oblast
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

3. The whole of southern Ukraine is shown as bilingual (Russsian-Ukrainian), although for example Kherson is over 70% Ukrainain-speaking, and in the Odessa Oblast only the city of Odessa and some isolated villages are mostly Russian-speaking.

4. Maybe Kiev, Riga, Liepaja (Latvia) and Chisinau (Moldavia) should be depicted as bilingual, as there are home to important Russian-speaking populations.

5. Transnistria should be classified as rather Russian-Romanian instead of Russian-Ukrainian. Most of the Ukrainians in Transnistria are Russian speakers.

Cheers
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GINart Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
On the North-West of Catalonia they speak Occitan (Aranese variant), and is more used, the 65% of the population in "Vall d'Aran.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aranese_…
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cd196 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
The non-inhabited areas should be white i think, see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eth…

or less colorful if rarely inhabited: www.sulinet.hu/oroksegtar/data… (shown in 4 steps),

otherwise people have the impression e.g: Scandinavia has the same population like Germany.

Really nice maps anyway, keep it going on!
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Rodegas Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
hungarians in slovakia = 8.5% !
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Djino Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
You should include Sardininan language
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Djino Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
As well as luxembourgish (instead of german) and alsatian (instead of german)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
alsatian and luxembourgish are german dialects. Else he would have to make
lower german, bavarian, saxon, austrian german etc. also extra.
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would Arpitan be worth including, or is it too small to show? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arpitan
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Shikku27316 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Do you consider Manx and Cornish to be dead and not worthy to be on the map?
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ME2FTW Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
You forgot to add the Greek minority in southern Albania :)
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Ximphron Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I would like to see Venetian on the map, it is spoken by many people in this area:
(Map of Venetian dialects).
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YOhuan15 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Artist
NICE! but you forgot Italian in Istria and Dalmazia...
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SpartacusGR Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
You mean "Slavomacedonian" not "Macedonian" please fix it !!!
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1Blomma Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
No, its name is Macedonian
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SpartacusGR Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
What you mean ?? its a Slavic language spoken by people that live in historical region that was called Paeonia ... i speak Russian and i understand them verry well 
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1Blomma Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I know it's a Slavic language but I have never heard it being called "Slavomacedonian" before. Do you have any sources?
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1Blomma Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
So it's only used by Greece. I'm gonna keep it Macedonian, since that is its name in English.
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makeridov Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
The two spots, number 19 and 45 in Serbia are actually Slovak and not Hungarian and Romanian :)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another thing that looks like a mistake, is the southern border of Kaliningrad to Poland,
I´d say it can´t be that straigt, it must be a bow, following the other map lines.
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1Blomma Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Look at where it is. The line is almost straight at the middle.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean your basic map has bowed meridians, so the border must be bowed, too, doesn´t it?
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1Blomma Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Plus, the south line of the Kaliningrad oblast does not follow the curvature of the earth. It is very nonsensical, look it up on google maps.
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Histone Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
why there is no Italian dialects (that very different from oficial, Toscan italian), and some small minority? and Sardo is not italian. in azerbaijan there is no talish language (at south-east)
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Luxembourg's color might be better if it were split between French, Dutch and German.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey nice, thanks for adding the german minority in Silesia, sadly you forgot the minority in Siebenbürgen (Transsylvania in Romania),
the capital is Hermannsstadt (romanian: Sibiu).

I can´t see it well, but did you add the minority at Denmark, too?

I think there´re even some more in Hungary.
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Are any of those still around though? I thought at least the Banat Germans were expelled in 1945.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nearly no Germans were expelled from Romania in 1945, mostly the Germans in which is now Poland and Czechia were expelled,
the Germans in Romania left in different migration-waves in the 60s, 70s,90s, especially after 1990, when the Sowjetunion collapsed.
Even not all Germans in the Sudetenland were expelled in 1945, many left as fast as possible, which was sometimes in the 60s or 70s.

But today are not many Germans left down there, but there are still a few thousand.
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Nice work!
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JJohnson1701 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Very well done!  Would you perhaps be able to do a map, same style, based on the 1900 languages?
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K-Haderach Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
This is very impressive work! A lot of detailed information and excellent graphical presentation at the same time. Well done!

I only have one suggestion: You might want to consider using different colors or shades for the Western Romance languages and for Greek, to distinguish them more clearly from their non-Indo-European neighbors (Arabic, Berber and Turkish). Just switching around the shades of green you use for Romanian and Spanish, for example, would increase the contrast between Spanish and Berber/Arabic.
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Ennio444 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Still, no Occitan is a big mistake.
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BloodAndBones Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool :D
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Robo-Diglet Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
This is a brilliant map, but where are Abkhaz, Votic, Manx, Montenegrin and Silesian?
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Jaldithas Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
isn't te situation with Arabic far more complex, with standartised arabic being just language of government and media, while people speak regional "dialects" which are actually a separate languages?

I guess same situation is with Italian, maybe German and surely with "Berber"
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1Blomma Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
I'm aware of the fact that Berber isn't actually one single language, but for claritys sake, it is shown as one. The same is true for the other languages that you mentioned, too. German is more unified towards Standard German nowadays, but I'm pretty sure Italian is still fairly fractured. Again, for clarity, I decided not to show Neapolitan, Sardinian, Sicilian etc as separate langauges.
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shibamage Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, I have been looking everywhere for something like this. Thanks so much for making this! :)

If I can make a suggestion, I do think there's not enough variation within the colours (i.e. the blues are too close to each other, same with the reds, greens, etc. The Finno-Permian group looks good, though.). As it is, it has a very good "map-like" feel, but the small variation within each colour group makes it necessary to consult the key more often than one would like to.

Aside from that, though, great work! :D Insta:+fav:
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1Blomma Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Okay, I've changed all Germanic languages' colours now. Hopefully it is easier to distinguish them now. Also, the West Germanic languages have a teal/green tint while the North Germanic languages have more clear blue colours.
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shibamage Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks great!
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1Blomma Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
I'll definitely look into that. I think the reds and the greens are pretty good as they are now, but I do agree on the blues.
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CoralArts Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing. Wow. Simple but stylish. And correct.
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Goliath-Maps Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
This is amazing.

I have a request:India
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