Portuguese is the most spoken language in southern hemisphere
The date of 5 May was officially established in 2009 by the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) – an intergovernmental organisation that has been in official partnership with UNESCO since 2000. CPLP brings together people with the Portuguese language as one of the foundations of their specific identity – to celebrate the Portuguese language and Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) cultures. Lusophone countries include Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, East Timor, Goa, and Macau.
In 2019, the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference decided to proclaim 5 May of each year as “World Portuguese Language Day”. This was the first time UNESCO has made such a decision on a language that is not one of the official languages of UNESCO
The Portuguese language is not only one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with more than 265 million speakers spread through all continents, but it is also the most widely spoken language in the southern hemisphere. To quote CPLP,
“Portuguese remains, today, a major language of international communication and a language with a strong geographical projection, destined to increase”.
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