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Fall in Welsh speakers

Figures on all aspects of life in Wales, gathered in last year's census, have been released today. They show that the number of people who can read, write and speak Welsh has fallen over the last ten years.

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Census: Welsh language users fall

The number of people in Wales who can speak, read and write in the Welsh language has fallen over the last ten years. It dropped by 27,000, according to census figures released this morning.

  • In 2001 - 458,000 aged 3 and over could speak, read and write Welsh
  • In 2011 - 431,000 aged 3 and over could speak, read and write Welsh

According to the 2011 figures:

  • 30% of Welsh speakers are under the age of 16
  • 80% of people aged 45 to 49 said they had 'no skills in Welsh'

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