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2013 Census ethnic group profiles:
Polish
Languages spoken

Number of languages spoken

For people identifying with the Polish ethnic group living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • 35.4 percent spoke one language.
  • 49.0 percent spoke two languages.
  • 12.3 percent spoke three or more languages.
  • Women were more likely than men to speak two or more languages, at 62.6 percent and 59.1 percent respectively.

Number of languages spoken by the Polish ethnic group
By age group
2013 Census

  One language Two languages Three or more languages
Age group (years) Percent
Under 15 50.8 27.8 3.2
15–29 47.1 41.4 10.7
30–64 28.4 55.1 16.2
65 and over 23.7 64.0 11.4
Total people 35.4 49.0 12.3

Source:
Statistics New Zealand


Number of languages spoken
Polish and European ethnic groups, and New Zealand population
2013 Census
Number of languages spoken, specified ethnic groups and New Zealand population, 2013 Census


Languages spoken

For people identifying with the Polish ethnic group living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • English was the most widely spoken language – spoken by 94.8 percent.
  • Polish was the second-most common language spoken (57.0 percent). This proportion was a decrease from 2006 (59.3 percent).
  • Those born in New Zealand were less likely than those born overseas to speak Polish, at 15.4 percent and 80.5 percent, respectively.

Polish speakers
By age group
2006 and 2013 Censuses
Most commonly spoken language (not English), by age group, 2006 and 2013 Censuses


Note: In the census, people identify which language(s) they can hold a conversation about everyday things in. Languages spoken includes all people who stated each language spoken, whether as their only language or as one of several. Where a person reported more than one language spoken, they were counted in each applicable group.

This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in text, tables, and graphs. The accuracy of percentages may be affected by this rounding, particularly for ethnic groups with small populations.

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