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|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
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.
There are about 6 million poeple 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.
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