[Foundation-l] 1.3 billion of humans don't have Wikipedia in their native language

Milos Rancic millosh at gmail.com
Sun May 22 12:08:14 UTC 2011

On 05/22/2011 01:22 PM, Denny Vrandecic wrote:
> Can you also provide at least a rough estimate of the number of humans who don't have Wikipedia in any language they speak reasonably well (understanding very well that this is a hard problem of definition)?

I would say that the number humans without Wikipedia in any language
they speak is below "statistical error": 2% of 7 billions is 140
millions and I don't think that there are more than let's say, 50 millions.

Just very isolated tribes don't know official language of their country
and such tribes could be found in Central Africa, New Guinea, Amazon and
probably couple of other smaller places in the world.

Speaking in such numbers, 20% of population in Serbia would be fine with
English Wikipedia, all inhabitants of former Soviet Union would be fine
with Russian Wikipedia, all Native American peoples would be fine with
English, Spanish, Portuguese and French Wikipedias. And so on.

However, significant educational problem is attending primary school in
non-native language. And 1.3 billion gap counts there.

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