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Does anyone know of a comparison of languages in terms of how much space they occupy in text? I once designed a bilingual annual report, with both norwegian and english text. The english part was an unabbreviated translation of the norwegian version.
When i started the project, i figured the norwegian version would need more space. It turned out the opposite was true.
An index for different languages would sure be useful, especially when planning larger projects. it could look like this (i set english=100)
German = 112
English = 100
Norwegian = 93
Of course, this wouldn't apply for poetry etc, and i guess there would be differences between e.g. fiction and scientific litterature.