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Emoji Report Part II: Which is the most popular emoji in your language?

4th June 2015

In April, we put out our first ever Emoji Report and uncovered all kinds of fascinating insights into how different languages around the globe are using emoji. Turns out Russians have a soft spot for romantic emoji, Australians love to indulge, and Canadians? Well, they can’t get enough of the smiling poop emoji.

Everyone from Cosmopolitan to NPR had something to say about the data (along with a lot of Canadians) – so we decided to dig back in for even more emoji insights. Today, we’re debuting Part II of our Emoji Report with a look at how fifteen new languages use emoji!

Here’s a look at some of the findings that stood out to us from our second report:

  • Swedish speakers, whose homeland is famous for its crisp, soft and sweet breads, use the bread emoji (Bread-Emoji) more than any other language
  • North-dwelling Danish, Norwegian and Swedish speakers use the Santa emoji (Santa-Emoji) more than all other languages (Interestingly, their Finnish-speaking neighbors underindex for the Santa emoji, despite a town in Finland claiming to be Santa’s birthplace)
  • Finnish speakers use 8x more black moon emoji (BlackMoon-Emoji) than any other language (a nod to their long winter nights?)
  • Hinglish speakers lead the world in use of party emoji, as well as the ‘folded hands’ emoji (PrayingHands-Emoji : interpreted as either praying or clapping hands)
  • Portuguese speakers (using the ‘Portuguese from Portugal’ language vs. Brazilian Portuguese language model) top Australian English speakers in use of drug emoji (pill, syringe, mushroom, cigarette)
  • Slovakian speakers replace Turkish as the #1 users of happy face emoji (the #1 emoji category worldwide)
  • The red heart emoji (Emoji-RedHeart) is the #1 emoji for several Scandinavian and Eastern European languages (in our first Emoji Report, the only language for which a non-happy face emoji occupied the top spot was French!)

As with our last Emoji Report, we tapped into the SwiftKey Cloud vaults and analyzed an additional 500,000 pieces of emoji data – to add to the billion-plus from last time! – to answer the above burning question, and many more.

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Read the full SwiftKey Emoji Report: Part II by SwiftKey below – and join in the discussion about how your language uses emoji on Facebook and Twitter!

SwiftKey Emoji Report – Part Two by SwiftKey

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One response to “Emoji Report Part II: Which is the most popular emoji in your language?”

  1. Shaktimaan says:

    Major use of the ‘folded hands’ emoji used by Hinglish speakers is in a different context then the one actually intended for (praying/clapping).
    Most people use it to sarcastically ask the other person to stop talking/arguing. Its like ‘Ok boss, we lost. You won. Just leave me alone’

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