Using crowd-sourced translations, Facebook launches in Spanish

Taking the first step in its long awaited plans to internationalize, Facebook tonight launched in its second language: Spanish. With over 1,500 users translating over 40,000 sentences in just under four weeks, almost every piece of system text was translated and voted on by the community.

“Over 60 percent of Facebook users are now outside of the U.S., and many live in countries where English is not the primary language,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a statement.  With over 64 million members, that puts over 38 million outside the US.  Here’s a breakdown of where Facebook users live, by country:

Canada 8,724,260
United Kingdom 8,680,900
Turkey 2,848,020
Australia 2,347,200
France 1,279,920
Sweden 1,095,440
Norway 1,067,540
Colombia 777,960
South Africa 732,660
Mexico 648,360
Egypt 612,720
India 540,820
Germany 481,880
Finland 429,840
Israel 427,940
Singapore 421,240
Denmark 409,800
Spain 333,040
New Zealand 312,280
Malaysia 296,700
United Arab Emirates 286,820
Belgium 258,340
Lebanon 252,060
Italy 239,560
Ireland 228,900
Switzerland 221,100
Saudi Arabia 202,020
Greece 184,300
Netherlands 181,700
Pakistan 179,600
China 170,620
Jordan 150,220
Japan 142,180
Venezuela 137,100
Thailand 115,600
Philippines 112,340
Indonesia 111,620
Chile 106,960
Panama 105,620
Argentina 96,620
Austria 81,860
Korea, Republic of 75,860
Kuwait 69,980
Peru 68,200
Russian Federation 64,160
Dominican Republic 53,020

Facebook will be launching in French and German next. As the fourth largest country on Facebook, Turkey is getting no love!

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