Strengthening the position of the Russian Language

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Support and promotion of the Russian language abroad is one of the most important instruments of expanding international cultural-humanitarian cooperation of Russia with other countries.

Russian language ranks 6th in terms of the number of speakers in the world (after English, Chinese, Hindi, Spanish and Arabic); and 8th in terms of the degree of prevalence (after Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali and Portuguese).

Russian language has the 2nd highest rate of use in the Internet. It is one of the most translated languages in the world. Russian ranks 7th among the languages that most books are translated to. Russian is the 4th language most translated from.

Russian language has the status of national and official language in Russia, Belarus, and the official language of institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and other countries.

Russian language is an official language or a working language in a number of organizations: UN and some of its agencies, SCO, OSCE, CIS, EurAsEC, SDA, CSTO, ISO, CES, GUAM, and IFRC.

Today, 146 million Russian citizens and also 127 million people speak Russian: 36.8 million in Ukraine, 13.5 million in Kazakhstan, 11.8 million in Uzbekistan, 9.3 million in Belarus, 5.5 million in Poland, 5.4 million in Germany, 4,9 million in Azerbaijan, 3.5 million in the USA, 2.7 million in Kyrgyzstan, 2.5 million in Tajikistan, 2.4 million in Georgia,  2.1 million in Armenia, 2 million in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, 1.95 million in Estonia, 1.8 million in Latvia, 1.7 million in Moldova, 1.4 million in Serbia, 1.3 million in Slovakia and Lithuania, 1.2 million in Mongolia, 1 million in Israel, 0.9 million in Turkmenistan, 0.7 million in China, 0.5 million in Transnistria, 0.45 million in Abkhazia. Additionally, 4.1 million in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, 2.7 million in Asia, 1.3 million in the Middle East and North Africa, 0.2 million in Latin America, 0.1 million in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Most people learn Russian language with a practical goal to study and work in Russia. Russian-speaking people can communicate with Russian business partners or work in a Russian company abroad.

Rossotrudnichestvo teaches Russian language at the courses at its offices - Russian Centers for Science and Culture (RCSC) in 58 countries around the world.

Particular attention is paid to social and professional orientation courses, teaching orientation on different target audiences, including government department and services employees, banks, travel agencies; children of compatriots living abroad and children of mixed marriages.

Moreover, Rossotrudnichestvo and its representative offices abroad annually conduct cultural-educational and scientific-methodical activities, aimed at promotion of the Russian language, stimulation of foreign citizens’ interest towards learning Russian and increasing the level of the Russian language teaching in countries of residence.