Canva is now available in the native languages of more than a billion people

By CEO Melanie Perkins

From our earliest days we’ve wanted Canva to be used and loved by people across the globe.

Since launching in late 2013, we’ve picked up more than 10 million users across 179 countries.

Our team is spread across four countries (Australia, The Philippines, Argentina and the United States) and comes from even more nations. In Sydney alone the team speaks more 10 languages from Spanish to Malay to Chinese to Lithuanian, so we intimately understand the importance of providing a great global experience.

10 million users sounds like a lot. But it’s only 0.3% of the world’s internet users. Of the 3 billion internet users in the world, only 28% speak English.

So although we have users in most countries and staff from all over the world, the Canva app itself was only available in English, and this was holding us back.

Not anymore.

We’re excited to change that. From today, Canva is now available in an additional six languages: French, German, Polish, Italian, Spanish (European), Spanish (Latin American) and Brazilian Portuguese.

This opens Canva up to more than one billion people across the planet in their native language.

We’ve been working incredibly hard to make this possible, and we’re only just getting started. By the end of this year we’ll also be in Russian, Chinese, Bahasa, Thai, Malay, Japanese, Turkish and Ukrainian.

It’s been a full team effort to get this project off the ground, from translating Canva’s interface, enabling fonts to be accessed in people’s native languages, even ensuring that the layouts are locally relevant. We’re just getting started and have a long way to go yet, but we’re excited you can now officially say ‘hello’ in your native tongue.

We’re only just getting started and so we’re on the lookout for people (especially engineers) to come and join us as we empower the world to design. Find out more about how to join Canva here.

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