Catalan is a Romance language named for its origins in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain and adjoining parts of France. It is the national and only official language of Andorra, and a co-official language of the Spanish autonomous communities of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and Valencia (where the language is known as Valencian, and there exist regional standards). It also has semi-official status in the city of Alghero on the Italian island of Sardinia. It is also spoken with no official recognition in parts of the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon (La Franja) and Murcia (Carche), and in the historic French region of Roussillon/Northern Catalonia, roughly equivalent to the department of Pyrénées-Orientales.
Love Barcelona? Learn one of its languages: Catalan
Catalan, a Romance language with about 12 million speakers, is spoken today in parts of Spain, France and Italy, vestiges of Catalonia’s Mediterranean expansion. After Catalonia lost its independence to Spain in 1714, the language was prohibited for more that 250 years. Today Catalan is a strong language, synonym of innovation, Football Club Barcelona, gastronomy and much more… Want to discover it?