Another chapter in our "choosing a language" series. The numbers are sound but approximate for languages that span many countries (including multilingual ones) and regions. Japan was a cinch to look up. How do you account for Hindi or Arabic?
A good companion piece for this might be a list of countries that are the largest trading partners of a particular country or region. I'll leave that for everyone's own homework.
GNI (Gross national income) by language/area/country
Estimates based on World Bank figures for 2007 and other sources (for regions)
in millions of US dollars
English (US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, SAR) $19,000,000
Chinese (China, Taiwan, HK) $3,740,000
French (France, Quebec, Belgium, Suisse Romande) $3,350,000
Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique etc.) $1,400,000
Russian (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan) $1,308,000
South Korea $955,802
Arabic below $1 trillion
Economic weight of Spanish-speakers in the US estimated at $800 billion (not included).