Friday, December 03, 2010
Here are two quick charts I've made to show the difference between Spanish and Portuguese with respect to which countries are most important when considering their current and future potential. Much more important than raw population is GDP and so that's what the charts will show.
Spanish has a total GDP of about $3.9 trillion in the countries where it is spoken as an official language. Spain is the largest and Mexico is next, but Mexican Spanish (or something very similar to it) is spoken quite a bit in the US as well, but unofficially everywhere except New Mexico and so that can't be factored into the chart. But if we could (and Puerto Rico as well) it would be even more fragmented.
Portuguese on the other hand has a total GDP of about $1.9 trillion in the countries where it is spoken as an official language, but the vast majority of this is Brazil, and after Portugal and Angola are factored in we've already almost reached 100%. This is quite similar to English, where the US GDP is the largest by far, and other countries like the UK are quite tiny in comparison. Wolfram Alpha for example shows how it looks:
So here's Portuguese.