Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world after English, Spanish and Chinese. According to data released during the Stati Generali della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo (Estates General of the Italian Language in the World), which took place in Florence in recent days, in the school year 2014/2015 foreign students of Italian language in the world were 2,233,373. Italian is increasingly popular and widespread: in the period 2015/16 over 400,000 students more than in the previous two years have begun to study the Italian language. The interest in the Italian language is linked to the passion for art, culture, food, wine, fashion and design. Moreover, many young foreigners learn Italian to find work in the sectors in which Italy is a leader in the world, as the luxury and gastronomy. In Europe, France and Germany are the countries with the most students of Italian. Germany is the first country in the world by number of students of the Italian language. United States and Australia are the English-speaking countries with the largest number of students of Italian. Today, Albania is the country in the world where the Italian language is more widespread among the population, after Italy of course, thanks to the Italian television signal that comes easily in Albania. This has contributed greatly to the spread of the Italian language in Albania.
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