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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 find a job and helps businesses grow

What's happening?

Language classes, games, talks, conferences, radio shows … you name it, and it'll be happening somewhere in Europe — whether on the day itself or in the weeks before and after 26 September.

National organisations, EU institutions and the Council of Europe work together to create a varied programme for every age group.

Information on the European Day of Languages 2016.

Who's behind it?

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