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Scala is a general-purpose, high-level, multi-paradigm programming language. It's a statically typed language that includes features of functional programming and object-oriented programming. Scala stands for "Scalable Language". Its source code is compiled into bytecode and executed by the Java virtual machine (JVM).

Scala is designed to be concise and to express common programming patterns in a type-safe way. It's often used to build web applications and services, write back-end code for mobile apps, or create big data systems.

Scala is almost ten times faster than Python because it relies on the JVM during runtime. Generally, compiled languages perform faster than interpreted languages.