5.9 Multilingual States

By Zane Ochsendorf

* Belgium and Switzerland are examples of multilingual states within Europe

* Nigeria is an example of an African country with signficant language diversity


Belgium's language boundary sharply divides the country into two regions. Antagonist between the Flemings ans Walloons is aggravated by economic and political differences Historically, the walloons dominated Belgium's economy and politics, and French was the official states language.


Africa's most populated country, Nigeria, displays problems that can arise from the presents of many speakers of many languages. Groups living in different regions of Nigeria have often battled.


Switzerland peacefully exist with multiple languages. Switzerland has four official languages, German (used by 64% of the population), French ( 20% ), Italian ( 7% ), and Romansh ( 1% ).
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