Is Russian the Dominant Language in Ukraine?

This will be a bit of troll post… but you are free to prove my data wrong.

Roughly ten years ago, in 2008, Gallup conducted a study in FSU, where they offered the respondents to complete a survey, either in the native language, or in Russian. Look at how Ukrainian faired:

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83% of respondents opted to do the survey in Russian.

And now check out what Google Trends tells us. If you compare the word “Ukraine”, first spelled in Ukrainian, that is “Україна”, and then spelled in Russian, that is “Украина”:


You can try it yourself at Google Trends, and you will get similar results. Google Trends data correlate with the findings of Gallup.

There is a reason why Ukrainian requires quotas on radio and tv, why teaching in foreign languages like Russian or Hungarian is legislated against, and why so little quality literature comes out in Ukrainian. And we may be seeing that reason above…

23 thoughts on “Is Russian the Dominant Language in Ukraine?

  1. I get quite different results from the Google Trends analysis, in fact. It seems to me that either your analysis provides different results based on who is searching (I have done the same search in different languages) or that there was user error.,%D1%83%D0%BA%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BD%D0%B0,%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%81%D0%B8%D1%8F,%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%96%D1%8F

    Regardless, as you say this is a troll post, so I won’t go into why this methodology is flawed in a more broad sense.


      1. I’d say the number of people with Ukrainian grandparents or parents is probably closer to 25 million.


    1. I guess there was a heightened activity before the Maidan but once the Maidan won, the English language agency was rolled back.


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