Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Web Pages by Language

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I found on Andy Carvin's blog a list of web pages by language. Having noticed the Catalan language in the list (an application was submitted to ICANN last year to create the .cat sTLD), I started to realize once again that because many languages cut across national and territorial boundaries, we may need to think in terms of language-based TLDs in the future (as a realistic alternative to the current territorial-based ccTLD options). I hope that ICANN decides to approve the .cat application if only as a proof-of-concept TLD.

Web Pages.... Language

214,250,996.. English
.18,335,739.. Japanese
.18,069,744.. German
.12,113,803.. Chinese
..9,262,663.. French
..7,573,064.. Spanish
..5,900,956.. Russian
..4,291,237.. Portuguese
..4,883,497.. Italian
..4,046,530.. Korean
..3,161,844.. Dutch
..2,929,241.. Sweden
..1,374,886.. Danish
..1,259,189.. Norwegian
..1,198,956.. Finnish
....991,075.. Czech
....848,672.. Polish
....498,625.. Hungarian
....443,301.. Catalan
....430,996.. Turkish
....287,980.. Greek
....198,030.. Hebrew
....173,265.. Estonian
....141,587.. Romanian
....136,788.. Icelandic
....134,454.. Slovenian
....127,565.. Arabic
.....82,829.. Lithuanian
.....60,959.. Latvian
.....51,336.. Bulgarian
.....36,321.. Basque

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