March is the month when all countries celebrate the french speaking world, called in French "La Francophonie". And today, the 20th of March is specifically the "International Francophonie Day". During the whole month and on this date, some events are organized everywhere in the world to celebrate the French language.

 

Some figures :

  • 300 million French speaking people in the world. 
  • French is the 5th most widely spoken language and the figures are still growing. 
  • French is the 2nd most studied language in Europe
  • French is the 3rd business global language in the world
  • French is the 4th most widely used language on the Web behind English, Chinese and Spanish.

 

French speaking people worldwide

 

"La Francophonie" is a community represented by the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) which promotes the French language and the relationships between the 84 member states and governments.


4 missions define the actions of the Francophonie:

  • Promote French language and cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Promote peace, democracy and human rights.
  • Support education, training, higher education and scientific research.
  • Expand cooperation for sustainable development.
 

What about the French language and culture in Sweden:

French is the 3rd language in Sweden behind English and German. You can find 1074000 french-speaking people in the country. 


If you are interested by the French language, you can attend to plenty of events in Sweden such as the 8th Uppsala French Film Festival which takes place this year from 21 to 24 March 2019 at Slottsbiografen. 


You can visit the website frankofoni.se and get more information and follow them on Facebook.


The French Institute in Sweden can also keep you inform about all the events concerning the French culture. This institute is linked to the French Embassy and carries out a large amount of projects with its Swedish partners such as exhibitions, lectures, debates, concerts, ... They organize also french courses and language examinations. You can also follow them on Facebook.


You would like to improve your french and read: you can find thousands of french books at the Stockholms Stadsbibliotek in Stockholm. The Hedengrens Library could be a good choice if you are looking for french books for kids. (There is also a webshop). Try also the French library in Lund and on the web.


You can even meet french people thanks to some organized meet-ups (via Facebook) or you can even become a member of some french-speaking associations in Sweden, often in big cities, such as Stockholm Acceuil in Stockholm: Meet and speak with french people living in Sweden. It could be great to speak and discuss about the cultural differences.

 

To conclude, would you like to try and speak French today on this special day ? Have you maybe learnt French at school? What do you remember ? 

 

Bonne journée ! A bientôt.

 

Sources : francophonie.org - frankofoni.se - Institut Français de Suède - Observatoire de la langue française