European Day of Languages

Did you know that more than 220 languages exist in Europe? No? Then I’ve got another fact for you: Back in 2001 the 26th September – today – was proclaimed to be the European Day of Languages by the Council of Europe.

The European Day of Languages is a yearly event. It celebrates the linguistic diversity of our continent with

  • over 220 European languages,
  • 24 official EU languages,
  • about 60 regional/minority languages,
  • and many more spoken by people from other parts of the world.

European Day of Languages poster of 2016

European Day of Languages poster of 2016

Why do we, AEGEE-Dresden, celebrate this day? Because as an European association we like to

  • raise awareness of the wide variety of languages in Europe,
  • promote cultural & linguistic diversity,
  • and encourage people of all ages to learn languages.

Knowing more than one language makes it easier to understand other cultures, find a job and helps businesses grow! This is probably why the average AEGEE member speaks three languages, has travelled to conferences and events in five different countries, has lead an international team, and has worked with more than eleven different nationalities.

Do you want to find out more about the languages of Europe? Have a look at the Council of Europe’s info pages about the European Day of Languages and find out cool language facts, trivia, quizes, unique words with meanings that exist only in one language, longest words like hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism and much more!