Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world, with 244 million speakers. In the Western Hemisphere, it is the 3rd most spoken language and leads as the primary language in the Southern Hemisphere. Another highlight is that 82.5% of internet users today speak Portuguese, making it the fifth most used language on the web.
As a Lusophone language, it is present on five continents and is one of the official languages of the European Union. It also plays an important role among the countries of Mercosur, the Union of South American Nations, the Organization of American States, the African Union, and Lusophone Countries. In the South American region, Brazil exerts leadership, approaching the neighboring nations.