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What is the European Day of Languages?

The European Year of Languages 2001, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, was successful in involving millions of people across 45 participating countries. Its activities celebrated linguistic diversity in Europe and promoted language learning.

The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:

  1. Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;

  2. Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;

  3. Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.

Who is the European Day of Languages for?

The Council of Europe is hoping that this Day will be celebrated by both authorities in its member states and potential partners at the following levels:

  • among policy-makers (specific measures or discussions on language policy issues, for instance)
  • among the general public (awareness-raising on the overall objectives of the Day, including the importance of lifelong language learning, starting at any age, in educational establishments, at work, etc);
  • in the voluntary sector (specific actions by and/or for NGOs, associations, companies, etc).


EDL celebrated on the web: Exchange multilingual news on Facebook!

Under the motto “Languages open doors”, the Council of Europe's Swedish national contact point for the celebration of the European Day of Languages on 26 September invites all 800 million European citizens to join in and make friends across Europe.


Become a member of the group “Celebrate the European Day of Languages (EDL) 26th of September”! You are invited to sign up for Facebook… www.facebook.com and the celebration of our multilingual diversity starts!

Join now!

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