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A language of Portugal

Alternate Names
Português
Population

10,000,000 in Portugal (ELDIA 2012). Population total all countries: 203,349,200.

Location

Widespread; also, Azores and Madeira autonomous regions.

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Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (2005, Constitution, Article 11(3)).

Dialects

Alentejan (Alentejano), Algarvian (Algarvio), Azorean (Açoriano), Beiran (Beirão), Brazilian Portuguese, Estremenho, Madeirese (Madeirense), Minhotan (Minhoto), Transmontan (Transmontano). Standard Portuguese of Portugal based on Estremenho dialect (Lisbon and Coimbra).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

3,392,000 also use English [eng]. 2,544,000 also use French [fra]. 954,000 also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 83%–84%. Fully developed. Bible: 1751–1995.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

Christian.

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