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Catalan is spoken in northeastern Spain, in the Balearic Islands, in Andorra, and in a small part of France. Historically it was the language of Catalonia, the region that includes Barcelona, but today its speakers extend down the Spanish coast as far as the province of Valencia. In France it is spoken in the province of Pyrénées-Orientales, formerly known as Roussillon. There are about 6 million speakers of Catalan. About 500,000 are in the Balearic Islands, 250,000 in France, 20,000 in Andorra, and the rest in Spain. Only in Andorra, where it is the main language spoken, does it have official status. Catalan is of the Romance family, most closely related to Provençal.

Catalan is spoken/used in the following countries:
Andorra, Balearic Islands, France, Spain.

Language Family
Family: Indo-European
Subgroup: Romance

Copyright © Kenneth Katzner, The Languages of the World, Published by Routledge.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample


It is the month of January. The air is very clear and frosty, and the moon looks down placidly through the mesh of bare branches at the farmhouse of Cotells de Puigeerdà. It receives her tenderly, watching her with the little eye of yellow light from one of its windows, and greeting her with a wisp of bluish smoke that creeps out of one of its chimneys like an arm out of a short sleeve of a white dress.

—JOAQUIM RUYRA, Friar Pancraci

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