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|Pronunciation||[kətəˈɫa] (EC) ~ [kataˈɫa] (WC)|
|Native to||Andorra, France, Italy, Spain|
|Region||See geographic distribution of Catalan|
|Native speakers||11.5 million (2009)|
Catalan (regulated by the IEC)
|Writing system||Latin (Catalan alphabet)|
|Official language in||
Spain (co-official language in the Balearic Islands, Catalonia and the Valencian Community)
|Recognised minority language in||Aragon (Spain)|
Institut d'Estudis Catalans|
Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua
The Catalan language is a Romance language spoken in Catalonia, Valencian Community, the eastern part of Aragon, the Balearic Islands, a small zone of Murcia (all of them in Spain), Andorra, North Catalonia (in France) and in the Italian city of L'Alguer. These places are often called the Catalan Countries.
There are about 6 million Catalan native speakers and about 10 million people who can speak Catalan. The Catalan language is the 6th most spoken romance language and also is the most spoken language of the European Union that is not official.