Alphabets of Europe Map

by Jakub Marian

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There are three different types of alphabets used in Europe: Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek. They all look somewhat similar and share several letters (which may be pronounced differently), namely the following ones:

A, B, E, K (К), M, O, P, T, X, Y (У), (also “I” in some languages)

The reason for this similarity is quite simple: both the Latin alphabet and the Cyrillic alphabet developed from the Greek alphabet (which in turn is a modified form of the Phoenician alphabet, which ultimately derives from Egyptian hieroglyphs).

The map below shows the geographical distribution of these three types of alphabets in Europe:

Alphabets used in Europe, Latin, Greek, Cyrillic
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