Portuguese is the sixth most commonly spoken language in the world, with over 240 million native speakers. This may sound pretty impressive coming from such a small country in Europe, until one realizes that it also is the official language of Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Principe. It is just behind Spanish as the second most common Romance language, making it more popular than French and Italian. It is also the sixth most popular language used on the Internet.
Portuguese was initially influenced by the same Roman culture as Spanish and Italian, but developed into its own distinct language in the ninth century, mostly being used for artistic purposes such as music and poetry. When Portugal gained independence in 1193 CE, the language shifted from artistic applications to official government documents and business.
Portuguese is on a path of growth that will only accelerate in the coming decades. By 2050, the number of people speaking Portuguese as a native language is expected to be over 335 million. Who knows where in the list of most common languages it will be by then? It is becoming widespread not only in the most populous Portuguese-speaking country Brazil, but all over Africa, and even in Europe.
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