Languages to Cover

Ideally I want to offer my web service for all region, all languages, but not enough time and knowledge to do that.

I am thinking of which languages to cover for my website. According to, Top 10 languages used on Internet are;

English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Japanese, Malaysian, Russian, French, Germany, others.

So there are probably are good start.


and here are top 20 countries by Internet usage.%e3%82%b9%e3%82%af%e3%83%aa%e3%83%bc%e3%83%b3%e3%82%b7%e3%83%a7%e3%83%83%e3%83%88_110116_114636_pm

China, India, United Sates, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Nigeria, Indonesia, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Philippines, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Iran, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Egypt.

And if I want to target wealthy area, per capita nominal GDP of Top 20 is (screen shot from


Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway, Qatar, Ireland, United States, Singapore, Denmark, Australia, Iceland, Sweden, San Marino, United Kingdom, Austria, Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Germany, Belgium, United Arab Emirates.

Looking at Internet Usage and Wealthy Regions, top 10 languages are covered, and now I can make a table of target language – region for your International web service.  Please feel free to make your own version from this.

Name Culture 1 Culture 2
China zh-CN
India hi-IN en-IN
United States en-US es-US
Brazil pt-BR
Japan ja-JP
Russia ru-RU
Nigeria en-NG
Indonesia id-ID
Germany de-DE
Mexico es-MX
United Kingdom en-GB
France fr-FR
Philippines en-PH
Bangladesh bn-BD
Vietnam vi-VN
Iran fa-IR
Turkey tr-TR
South Korea ko-KR
Thailand th-TH
Egypt ar-EG
Luxembourg fr-LU de-LU
Switzerland de-CH fr-CH
Norway nn-NO
Qatar ar-QA
Ireland en-IE
Singapore en-SG zh-SG
Denmark da-DK
Australia en-AU
Iceland is-IS
Sweden sv-SE
San Marino it-SM
Austria de-AT
Netherlands nl-NL
Canada en-CA fr-CA
Finland fi-FI
Hong Kong zh-HK en-HK
Belgium nl-BE fr-BE
United Arab Emirates ar-AE

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.