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Languages spoken in Guernsey

The traditional 1,000-year-old native Guernésiais language is only spoken fluently by around 2 per cent of the population and most of those are aged 65 or over. This has led to worries that the language is dying out.

Nowadays English is the official language of Guernsey, with French and several varieties of Norman French used by minorities of the population and Portuguese by around 2% of the population. Until 1948, French was the official language of Guernsey. Today, it is still the language used in administration and still spoken as a second language by many.

Most papers, signs, and other official materials are printed and distributed in English, but around 200 years ago, very few people in the Channel Islands spoke the language.