26 September is the European Day of Languages by the Council of Europe. The purpose of the celebration is to encourage the learning of foreign languages in Europe.
According to the European Union, among EU citizens the most indicate that they are fluent in English, followed by those who speak French and German.
The typical multilingual European is a student.
There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe, which is about 3% of the world's languages. Most European languages are of Indo-European origin.
Why are so many languages spoken in the world?
By the end of the 18th century, the most common language in Europe was Russian, which replaced French.