Manchester named as most culturally diverse city in world

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 08:30 hrs

Manchester, in England, is the most culturally diverse city for its size in the world.

The city with population of nearly 503,000 is a place where people speak at least 153 different languages.

"Manchester's language diversity is higher than many countries in the world," Yaron Matras, who co-organized a study on Manchester, was quoted as saying in a press release.

Cities such as New York, London and Paris also rank highly, but they are much larger.

For example, the population of New York City is just over 8.2 million, based on 2011 U.S. Census data.

According to Discovery News, the people of Manchester, described as 'Mancunian', represent nearly every culture on the planet, census data revealed.

"We do know that around two thirds of Mancunian schoolchildren are bilingual- a huge figure which indicates just how precious its linguistic culture is," Matras said.

"As immigration and the arrival of overseas students to the city continues, it's fair to say that this already large list (of languages spoken in the Manchester) is set to grow," Matras added.

According to the report, languages spoken in the city include Chitrali from North Pakistan, Konkani from Western India, Dagaare from Ghana and Burkina Faso and Uyghur from NW China.

The European Union could have helped to forge the city's linguistic and cultural diversity, the report said.

"Because of EU enlargement and the access granted to new EU citizens, language diversity in Manchester is more dynamic than most cities. Melbourne, for example, is famous for its many languages, but as it tends to have very established communities, it will be less diverse than Manchester," Matras explained.

Manchester is now the third-most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors, after London and Edinburgh. It is the most visited city in England outside London, the report added. (ANI)

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