We are at the end of another year and in this article we will have a look at Dotsub.com’s statistics for both the month of December and for 2014 as a whole.
We start the article with languages and then move to locations.
For both the monthly and for the whole year, we seem to have settled on a consistent top 5 which are English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Czech. Chinese is usually about 12th on the list and I expect that this will keep rising.
As we get towards the bottom of the top-twenty, things are a lot more volatile, but again that is to be expected, as a viral video in a language will certainly make that language move up those lower places very quickly. For example, Slovenian was 10th in December but was 15th overall in 2014.
As usual I have removed the top 4 languages to get more granularity at the lower end.
For the whole of 2014 the picture is very similar but with English being about 59% of the site visits.
Removing the top three for clarity.
There is a lot more volatility in the countries from which we are visited. The US is currently always at the top but with about 25% of the visits (compared with about 60% for English in the Languages). Spain, Brazil, Canada, UK and Australia usually make up the top 6 with a guest appearance from France every now and again. Israel features quite high in the rankings and I would guess much higher if we looked at the number of visits adjusted for the population of the country. I will leave that one until we hire our resident statistician.
Removing the US to add clarity.
Statistics for the calendar year 2014.
and again removing the US.
Our singletons for December features our usual mix of African and Island nations with Greenland appearing this month.
There were three locations that had one visit during the whole of 2014; Kiribati an island nation on the international date line (in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), Palau which adjoins Indonesia, The Philippines and Micronesia, and finally Western Sahara.
This last one fascinated me. I have two main sources of information for these snippets of geographical and political information.
The first is Wikipedia which says the following – Western Sahara is a disputed territory in the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the extreme northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its surface area amounts to 266,000 square kilometers (103,000 sq mi). It is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands. The population is estimated at just over 500,000, of whom nearly 40% live in El Aaiún (also spelled Laâyoune), the largest city in Western Sahara.
The second source is the CIA, whose World Factbook is a fascinating piece of work. In this case they say “Western Sahara is a disputed territory on the northwest coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria. After Spain withdrew from its former colony of Spanish Sahara in 1976, Morocco annexed the northern two-thirds of Western Sahara and claimed the rest of the territory in 1979, following Mauritania’s withdrawal. A guerrilla war with the Polisario Front contesting Morocco’s sovereignty ended in a 1991 cease-fire and the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation. As part of this effort, the UN sought to offer a choice to the peoples of the Western Sahara between independence (favored by the Polisario Front) or integration into Morocco. A proposed referendum never took place due to lack of agreement on voter eligibility. The 2,700 km- (1,700 mi-) long defensive sand berm, built by the Moroccans from 1980 to 1987 and running the length of the territory, continues to separate the opposing forces with Morocco controlling the roughly 80 percent of the territory west of the berm. Local demonstrations criticizing the Moroccan authorities occur regularly, and there are periodic ethnic tensions between the native Sahrawi population and Moroccan immigrants. Morocco maintains a heavy security presence in the territory.”
Perhaps the world’s next country. We shall see – although I was disappointed to see they don’t have a flag!