Sunday, December 23, 2012
This article in Norwegian states that language preferences (besides English of course) among 8th graders in Norway have largely settled since about a decade ago, with the following numbers:
34.9% learn Spanish,
26.4% learn German,
14.7% learn French.
Apparently there are very few schools out there that offer anything but these three though, and other languages make up just 0.4% (234 students).
It then states that the private sector is concerned that there are not enough students learning German as it is the largest trading partner, in spite of the fact that it may not sound as sexy to students as French and Spanish: "Mange velger bort det fordi det kanskje ikke høres så sexy ut som fransk og spansk. Men vi handler mest med Tyskland, og det er stort behov for fagpersoner som kan tysk".