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The European day for languages


The European Day of Languages is celebrated every year on 26th September. Now in its seventeenth year, the European Day of Languages was first officially celebrated in 2002 following the success of the European Year of Languages in 2001. The day is organised jointly by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Europe is lucky to enjoy a rich diversity of language and cultures with 200 European languages, 24 Official EU languages and it is estimated around 60 regional or minority languages. These figures are not including languages spoken by people from elsewhere within the world who have migrated to live within the EU which enrich the diversity of languages spoken still further.

 Europe is rich in languages - there are over 200 European languages and many more spoken by citizens whose family origin is from other continents. This is an important resource to be recognized, used and cherished
  • the need to diversify the range of languages people learn (to include less widely used languages), which results in plurilingualism;
  • the need for people to develop some degree of proficiency in two languages or more to be able to play their full part in democratic citizenship in Europe.

On 27 September, the European Commission will host an event to celebrate the European Day of Languages in the Charlemagne conference centre in Brussels:

Learning three languages in school: multilingual education and cultural expression


European Day of Languages 2018Participants will be able to take part in a discussion about policy and practice, enjoy poetry, music and pictures and discover an exhibition presenting some less known languages spoken in the European Union (EU). All this will demonstrate the richness of Europe’s linguistic heritage. The admission is free but registration is required (opens soon). A detailed programme will be published soon.


The European Day of Languages, established by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, is a yearly opportunity to raise awareness around language learning and linguistic diversity and to celebrate the linguistic heritage of the European community. On the occasion, a range of local, national and international events are organised across Europe:


  • activities for and with children,
  • television and radio programmes,
    • anguage classes and conferences.


    Celebrate the European Day of Languages 2018 with us! Join the event in Brussels or discover other local initiatives organised by the European Commission and its partners in the EU Member States or search for more events organised by schools and other organisations in Europe and beyond.



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