Scotland has three official languages, namely: English, Scottish Gaelic and Scots. The majority of Scotland's people are bilingual and can speak Scottish Standard English. Scottish Gaelic is spoken mostly in the Western Isles. It is believed that about 30% of Scotland's population can converse in Scots and state support for the language is increasing.
More than a thousand years ago, the majority of the Scottish population spoke Gaelic. Today this language is mainly spoken only in the Highlands and Islands. The Gaelic language has become very endangered, although there are still a few elderly people who speak it and a few pop and rock stars even sing in Gaelic. Gaelic enjoys a high cultural status, together with Scottish whisky, ...