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European Day of Languages

What's it about?

The European Day of Languages is a yearly event held on 26 September. It celebrates the linguistic diversity of a continent with

  • over 200 European languages
  • 24 official EU languages
  • about 60 regional/minority languages
  • and many more spoken by people from other parts of the world

Why celebrate this day?

It's a chance to:

  • raise awareness of the wide variety of languages in Europe
  • promote cultural & linguistic diversity
  • encourage people of all ages to learn languages - knowing more than one makes it easier to connect with people, to find a job and to help businesses grow

Who's behind it?

The European Day of Languages was established by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, which represents 800 million Europeans from 47 countries. Many language and cultural institutes, associations, universities and, in particular, schools take part. Established in 2001, the European Year of Languages,  the Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since then.

What's happening around Europe?

Language classes, games, talks, conferences, radio shows, contests … you name it, and it is happening somewhere in Europe - whether on the day itself or in the weeks before and after 26 September.
Celebrate the European Day of Languages 2017 with us. You can find more information on the events in your countries: