Gibraltar - Languages

Language and culture in Gibraltar

British influences are evident
in Gibraltar


Due to Gibraltar's unique geographical position, multi-culturalism reigns on this rock. The official language is English, but natives are typically bi-lingual, speaking Spanish as fluently as English. It is not unusual to hear the native Arabic of Gibraltar's other near neighbours as well, and Portuguese, Italian and Russian are not uncommon tongues in these parts either.

Most Gibraltarians consider themselves to be Roman Catholics (around 75 per cent), but minority groups are also visible in the form of Protestant, Muslim and Jewish groups. In fact, on Saturdays when businesses owned by Jewish residents remain closed, the latter group's presence is clearly felt.

Due to Gibraltar's unique geographical position, multi-culturalism reigns on this rock. The official language is English, but natives are typically bi-lingual, speaking Spanish as fluently as English. It is not unusual to hear the native Arabic of Gibraltar's other near neighbours as well, and Portuguese, Italian and Russian are not uncommon tongues in these parts either.

Most Gibraltarians consider themselves to be Roman Catholics (around 75 per cent), but minority groups are also visible in the form of Protestant, Muslim and Jewish groups. In fact, on Saturdays when businesses owned by Jewish residents remain closed, the latter group's presence is clearly felt.

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