English is by far the most popular foreign language to be studied in the EU and Cyprus is no exception according to figures published by Eurostat on Wednesday to mark European Day of languages which is celebrated each year on September 26.
These show that in Cyprus all primary school pupils and nearly all (99.9%) in lower secondary education learned English in 2017. The figure for higher secondary education was 95.6%.
Eurostat said that across the EU, nearly 98% of pupils learned English in lower secondary education in 2017. English was followed by French (33.4%), German (23.3%) and Spanish (16.9%).
However, in some Member States foreign languages other than English were also commonly studied. For example, more than 50% studied French in lower secondary general education in Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Portugal and Romania.
German was studied by more than a half of pupils in Denmark and Poland, while Spanish was taken by slightly more than half of pupils in this education level in France.
Across the Member States, almost all pupils in lower secondary education learned two or more foreign languages.
In Cyprus the figures were 99.9% for English, 85.6% for French and 0.6% each for Spanish and Germany in lower secondary education.
In primary education according to the same figures, all pupils in Cyprus learnt English and 2.4% learnt French.
And at higher secondary school level the figures were English 95.6%, French 28.4%, Spanish 8.2% and German 3.4$
For the full table: educ_uoe_lang01