Our figures are based on data from official sources or estimates by local experts. It should be borne in mind that, given the differences in educational and statistical systems the world over, the data on the numbers of German learners are of varying statistical reliability. To increase the validity of this report, no data are given in cases where no concrete figures could be ascertained and realistic estimates were not possible.
The following statistics are purely quantitative and say nothing about the quality or intensity of German instruction or about the level of German skills in each case. These statistics reflect only the number of current German learners, not the number of German speakers.
Nor does this report cover the domain of digital/online learning. For one thing, it is nearly impossible to come up with precise figures here owing to the sheer multitude of different digital/online learning programmes. For another, it may be assumed that many online learners are also learning German in one of the other educational sectors, in which case they might be counted twice. Demographic developments, educational reforms and, for example, teachers’ salaries are fundamental national parameters whose impact on promoting German as a foreign language in partner countries should not be underestimated, but which can only be influenced to a limited extent.