In the European Union, Spanish is the mom tongue of 8% of the inhabitants, with a further 7% speaking it as a second language. Additionally, Spanish is the second most spoken language within the United States and is by far the most well-liked international language among college students. In 2015, it was estimated that over 50 million Americans spoke Spanish, about 41 million of whom were native speakers. With continued immigration and increased use of the language domestically in public spheres and media, the variety of Spanish speakers within the United States is anticipated to continue growing over the forthcoming a long time. Spanish was briefly removed from official standing in 1973 under the administration of Ferdinand Marcos, however regained official status two months later underneath Presidential Decree No. 155, dated 15 March 1973.