[Edling] International Mother Language Day: celebrating linguistic diversity in Europe

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Sat Feb 21 16:14:03 UTC 2015


European Parliament News



International Mother Language Day: celebrating linguistic diversity in Europe



The UN's International Mother Language Day is marked every 21 February to promote linguistic and cultural diversity around the world. Diversity is the bedrock of Europe's cultural heritage, so the EU is keen to also protect linguistic diversity. The EU boast 24 official languages, but how many of them can you recognise? Try our quiz to find out.

The EU's most widely spoken mother tongues are: German (16%), Italian and English (13% each), French (12%), Spanish and Polish (8% each). More than 60 regional and minority languages are spoken in the EU. The EP called for the protection of endangered languages and linguistic diversity in a resolution adopted in September 2013



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http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150217STO24620/html/International-Mother-Language-Day-celebrating-linguistic-diversity-in-Europe
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