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    Post Which linguistic group is most active on Wikipedia ?



    Wikipedia, the world's largest encyclopedia where everybody can write or amend articles, is an excellent indicator of the intellectual activity level of a particular linguistic group.

    Have a look at the complete list of Wikipedia versions with the number of articles, edits, and members for each language.

    English is obviously the most popular language of information and e-communication, which explains the big gap with other languages. It is also the only language in the top 30 with Spanish and Chinese to have more users than articles.

    What interests me here is the ratio of articles per user, and articles per native speaker of the language.


    English

    Native speakers : 425 million
    Wiki members : 2.8 million
    Wikipedia articles : 1.5 million

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 3.5
    Articles per member ratio : 0.53


    (Standard) German

    Native speakers : 95 million
    Wiki members : 310,000
    Wikipedia articles : 500,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 5.3
    Articles per member ratio : 1.61


    French

    Native speakers : 120 million
    Wiki members : 180,000
    Wikipedia articles : 400,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 3.3
    Articles per member ratio : 2.22


    Polish

    Native speakers : 46 million
    Wiki members : 80,000
    Wikipedia articles : 320,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 7.0
    Articles per member ratio : 4.0


    Japanese

    Native speakers : 130 million
    Wiki members : 95,000
    Wikipedia articles : 290,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 2.2
    Articles per member ratio : 3.05


    Dutch

    Native speakers : 22 million
    Wiki members : 75,000
    Wikipedia articles : 240,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 10.9
    Articles per member ratio : 3.2


    (Standard) Italian

    Native speakers : 45 million
    Wiki members : 110,000
    Wikipedia articles : 215,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 4.7
    Articles per member ratio : 1.95


    Portuguese

    Native speakers : 210 million
    Wiki members : 150,000
    Wikipedia articles : 200,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 0.95
    Articles per member ratio : 1.33


    Swedish

    Native speakers : 8.5 million
    Wiki members : 25,000
    Wikipedia articles : 195,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 22.9
    Articles per member ratio : 7.8


    Spanish

    Native speakers : 390 million
    Wiki members : 260,000
    Wikipedia articles : 170,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 0.44
    Articles per member ratio : 0.65


    Russian

    Native speakers : 145 million
    Wiki members : 35,000
    Wikipedia articles : 120,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 0.82
    Articles per member ratio : 3.43


    Chinese

    Native speakers : 850 million
    Wiki members : 145,000
    Wikipedia articles : 100,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 0.12
    Articles per member ratio : 0.69


    Finnish

    Native speakers : 5.5 million
    Wiki members : 40,000
    Wikipedia articles : 90,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 16.4
    Articles per member ratio : 2.25


    Norwegian

    Native speakers : 4.5 million
    Wiki members : 27,000
    Wikipedia articles : 87,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 19.3
    Articles per member ratio : 3.22


    Slovak

    Native speakers : 5 million
    Wiki members : 4,500
    Wikipedia articles : 57,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 11.4
    Articles per member ratio : 12.67


    Danish

    Native speakers : 5.5 million
    Wiki members : 10,000
    Wikipedia articles : 53,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 9.63
    Articles per member ratio : 5.3


    Czech

    Native speakers : 12 million
    Wiki members : 12,000
    Wikipedia articles : 50,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 4.17
    Articles per member ratio : 4.17


    Hebrew

    Native speakers : 7 million
    Wiki members : 28,000
    Wikipedia articles : 48,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 6.8
    Articles per member ratio : 1.7


    Catalan

    Native speakers : 6.7 million
    Wiki members : 4,500
    Wikipedia articles : 47,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 7.0
    Articles per member ratio : 10.45


    Indonesian

    Native speakers : 222 million
    Wiki members : 45,000
    Wikipedia articles : 30,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 0.14
    Articles per member ratio : 1.5


    Hungarian

    Native speakers : 14 million
    Wiki members : 11,000
    Wikipedia articles : 44,000

    Articles per 1,000 native speaker : 3.14
    Articles per member ratio : 4.0


    Top 20 : most articles per native speakers of the language

    - Swedish : 22.9 articles per 1000 native speakers
    - Norwegian : 19.3
    - Finnish : 16.4
    - Slovak : 11.4
    - Dutch : 10.9
    - Danish : 9.6
    - Polish : 7.0
    - Catalan : 7.0
    - Hebrew : 6.8
    - German : 5.3
    - Italian : 4.7
    - Czech : 4.1
    - English : 3.5
    - French : 3.3
    - Hungarian : 3.1
    - Japanese : 2.2
    - Portuguese : 0.95
    - Russian : 0.82
    - Spanish : 0.44
    - Indonesian : 0.14

    This shows the average level of intellectual fulfillment/development of the speakers of one given language. Of course, languages like English, French, Spanish or Portuguese have a lower ratio because half or more of their native speakers live in developping countries (which usually correlates with a lower education and intellectual activity), and may not have access to the Internet.


    Top 15 : most active Wiki members by native language

    - Slovak : 12.6 articles per member in average
    - Catalan : 10.4
    - Swedish : 7.8
    - Danish : 5.3
    - Czech : 4.1
    - Polish : 4.0
    - Hungarian : 4.0
    - Russian : 3.4
    - Norwegian : 3.2
    - Dutch : 3.2
    - Japanese : 3.1
    - Finnish : 2.3
    - French : 2.2
    - Italian : 2.0
    - Hebrew : 1.7
    - German : 1.6
    - Indonesian : 1.5
    - Portuguese : 1.3
    - Chinese : 0.69
    - Spanish : 0.65



    These numbers show the actual activity of members of each language regardless of the level of development of the country (e.g. ease to acess the Internet), if we suppose that all/most Wiki members have regular access to the Internet. So Russian speakers, who have less easy access to the Internet than Scandinavians, manage to get to Nordic levels once they are online.
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