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We use Wikipedia-L to coordinate Wikipedia across different languages. Please take a look at the Wikipedia Embassy and join if you're interested in the coordination project.

The Wikipedia community is committed to including any and all languages for which there are Wikipedians willing to do the work. We are aware that many of the world's 6,500 languages are not well-represented on computers or the web, and we are committed to working with language speakers and computing organizations to support as many languages as possible.

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Each language Wikipedia currently has a separate set of user accounts. Links between articles in different languages are called interlanguage links or (colloquially and a bit ambiguously) "interwiki".

The URL of the wikipedia for a given language is xx.wikipedia.org, where xx is the 2-letter language code as per ISO 639. For languages without an ISO 639 2-letter language code, the 3-letter language code is used, or if that also does not exist, a custom 3-letter language code is made. (On the mailing list and in discussion, people often write xx: to mean the xx-language wikipedia, as in I'm a regular on fr:.)


Encyclopedia projectsEdit

See m:List of Wikipedias on Meta for a full list.

Wiki encyclopedias that are at least somewhat active have been started in various languages:

    1. Afrikaans - started on November 16, 2001
    2. Albanian (Shqip) - translated language file, six articles as of December 16, 2003
    3. Alemannic (Alemannisch) - started on November 13, 2003 as "Alsatian Wikipedia"
    4. Anglo-Saxon (Englisc) - started on October 14, 2004
    5. Arabic (عربية) Started in July 2003.
    6. Armenian (Հայերեն) - started in February 2005, currently in the stage of content building
    7. Aromanian (Armâneashti) - started on May 27, 2004
    8. Aymar aru (Aymara)
    9. Bangla (বাংলা), also known as Bengali - (Started January 27, 2004 [১৪ মাঘ, ১৪১০ বঙ্গাব্দ])
    10. Basque (Euskara) - Started in 2003
    11. Burmese (Bama Sa) - started on July 4 2003
    12. Belarusian (Беларуская) Started on August 12, 2004.
    13. Breton (Brezhoneg) - started on june 22 2004
    14. Bosnian (Bosanski) - started on 16 February, 2003
    15. Bulgarian (Български) - started on August 3, 2003
    16. Cambodian (ភាសា​ខ្មែរ) - started on May 7, 2004
    17. Catalan (Català) - started in March 2001
    18. Chinese (中文) - started in May 2001, Main page made on November 16, 2002
    19. Corsican (Corsu) - started on December 9, 2003
    20. Croatian (Hrvatski) started on 16 February, 2003
    21. Czech (Česky) - started on May 3, 2002
    22. Danish (Dansk) - started on February 1, 2002
    23. Dutch (Nederlands) - started on August 31, 2001
    24. English - started in January 2001
    25. Esperanto - started on November 15, 2001
    26. Estonian (Eesti) - started on August 24, 2002
    27. Faroese (Føroyskt) - started in December 2003
    28. Finnish (Suomi) - started on February 21, 2002
    29. French (Français) - started on March 23 2001
    30. Frisian (Frysk) - started on September 2, 2002
    31. Friulian (Furlan) - started on January 25, 2005
    32. Galician (Galego) -
    33. Georgian (ქართული)
    34. German (Deutsch) - started in May 2001
    35. Greek (Ελληνικά) - December 1, 2002
    36. Gujarati (ગુજરાતી)
    37. Hebrew (עברית) - started on July 8, 2003
    38. Hindi (हिन्दी) - started on July 11, 2003
    39. Hungarian (Magyar) - started on July 8, 2003
    40. Icelandic (Íslenska) - Unknown, first edit on December 6 2002 and first edit in Icelandic on December 5 2003.
    41. Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) - started on November 7, 2003
    42. Interlingua - started on April 29, 2002
    43. Irish (Gaeilge) - started on June 7, 2003
    44. Italian (Italiano) - started in 2001
    45. Japanese (日本語)
    46. Javanese (Basa Jawa) - started on March 7, 2004
    47. Kashubian (Kaszëbsczi) - started on April 1, 2004
    48. Klingon (tlhIngan Hol) - started on May 27, 2004
    49. Korean (한국어) - started on October 12, 2002
    50. Kurdish (Kurdî) - started on January 7, 2004
    51. Lao (Lao)- started on June 30, 2004
    52. Latin (Latine) - started on May 22, 2002
    53. Latvian (Latviešu) - started June 2003
    54. Lithuanian (Lietuviškai) - started on February 19, 2003
    55. Lojban (la lojban) - started on August 8 2004
    56. Low Saxon (Plattdüütsch / platt / niederdeusch / plautdietsch) - started on April 27, 2003
    57. Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch) - started July 2004
    58. Macedonian (Македонски) - started on May 8, 2004
    59. Malay (Bahasa Melayu) - started on August 12, 2003
    60. Malayalam (മലയാളം) -Started on December 20, 2002; More than 150 articles and 125 users.
    61. Maltese (Malti) - Started on September 11, 2004
    62. Maori (Te Reo Māori) - started early in 2004; most of first 300 articles were contributed by New Zealanders who are learning the Maori language and who would very much like to see fluent speakers and/or proficient writers contributing more
    63. Marathi (मराठी) - Started on May 1, 2003
    64. Mongolian (Монгол) - started on February 29,2004
    65. Nahuatl started on August 10, 2003
    66. Nauruan - started on August 9, 2003 - has an industrious Belgian enthusiast, a claimed and apparent native speaker, and some friendly hangers-on
    67. Norwegian (norsk) - started on November 26, 2001
    68. Norwegian (nynorsk) - started on July 31, 2004
    69. Occitan (Occitan) - started on October 20, 2003
    70. Old English - started on October 4, 2001
    71. Persian (فارسی) started January 2004
    72. Polish (Polski) - started on September 26, 2001
    73. Portuguese (Português) - started on January 2002
    74. Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ / پنجابی) started on December 23, 2001
    75. Quechua (Runa Simi) started in 2004
    76. Romanian (Română) - started on June 19 2003
    77. Rumantsch - started on December 23, 2003. As of July 7, 2005 there were 40 users who have contributed an approximate total of 89 "legitimate content pages".
    78. Russian (Русский) started December 2002
    79. Russian Latvia (Русский) started December 2002
    80. Samoan started in late sm:2004 and has a few anonymous critics who add the occasional word in what is apparently Samoan but spend lots of time deleting useful template and "project" material in another language that most Samoans understand as well or better
    81. Sanskrit started on June 2004
    82. Serbian (Srpski) started on 16 February, 2003
    83. Serbocroatian (Srpskohrvatski) reactivated on June 23 2005
    84. Sicilian started on October, 2004
    85. Simple English
    86. Slovak (Slovenčina) - August 13, 2003
    87. Slovenian (Slovenščina) - started on March 8, 2002
    88. Sotho
    89. Spanish (Castellano)- started on May 20, 2001
    90. Sunda - much English content waiting for translators; su:User:Kandar does six to ten edits on the average day and gets help from other countries
    91. Swahili (Kiswahili)
    92. Swedish (Svenska) - started on June 3, 2001
    93. Tagalog - started in December, 2003
    94. Tamil (தமிழ்) - started on September 30, 2003
    95. Taiwan - started on March 13, 2004
    96. Taiwanese (Hō-ló-oē; zh-min-nan-TW), called Holopedia at Wikipedia - started 30 July, 2003
    97. Tatar (Tatarça) - started on September 15, 2003
    98. Thai (ไทย) - started December 2003.
    99. Turkish (Türkçe) - December 2, 2002
    100. Twi - started in July 2001
    101. Ukrainian (Українська) - January 30, 2004
    102. Urdu (اردو)
    103. Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) - restarted on November 12, 2003
    104. Volapük - restarted on January 27, 2004
    105. Walloon (Walon)
    106. Welsh (Cymraeg) - started on March 15, 2003
    107. Yiddish (ייִדיש) - started on March 13, 2004
    108. Zulu (isiZulu) - started on December 12, 2004

    For the name Wikipedia in these languages, with raster image, see m:Wikipedia raster name.

    See also m:Locales for the Wikipedia Software

    Other projectsEdit

    There are other, non-Wikimedia, free Wiki-based encyclopedia projects independent of Wikipedia:

    Related projectsEdit

    Starting a new language wikipediaEdit

    See meta:How to start a new Wikipedia for a tutorial on how to get a Wikipedia in your language running.

    A certain amount of "critical mass" is necessary in order for a wiki to "take off". Without 5-10 people eagerly writing and arguing and playing with each other, it wouldn't be as much fun. So we encourage anyone who wants to build a wiki in their own language to also go out and announce/recruit for it.

    StatisticsEdit

    See Wikipedia:Multilingual statistics for a more complete overview.

    As of November 1 2003, the number of non-English language articles increased to over 50% of the total number, probably for the first time. This is an encouraging sign in favour of linguistic diversity.

    As of February 18 2004, the English language wikipedia had 209,637 articles, while the next 19 had 261,352 on that date, i.e. the number of non-English language articles was more than 55% of the total. The 2nd to 9th languages (de, ja, fr, pl, sv, nl, es, da) together had 210,448 articles, together matching the number of articles in the English language version.

    As of May 6 2004, the English language wikipedia had 261,003 articles, and the 2nd to 8th languages (de 86,269, ja 46,443, fr 35,481, pl 29,209, sv 28,260, nl 27,008, es 22,593) together had 275,263 articles, together matching the number of articles in the English language version. The Chinese (hanyu - zh) wikipedia more than doubled from February 18 to May 6 - from 4,395 to 9,457 entries.

    As of 1 September 2004, the English language wikipedia had 337,808 articles, and the 2nd to 7th languages (de 134,190, ja 68,746, fr 50,489, sv 38,637, pl 37,061, nl 34,662) together had 363,785 articles, together matching the number of articles in the English language version.

    As of 4 October 2004, the English language wikipedia had 362,104 articles, and the 2nd to 6th languages (de 148,462, ja 75,969, fr 55,608, sv 42,172, pl 40,178) together had 362,389 articles, together matching the number of articles in the English language version.

    As of 18 January 2006, the English language wikipedia had 924,618 articles, and the 2nd to 5th languages (de 342,787, fr 225,134, ja 174,052, pl 182,908) together had 924,881 articles, together matching the number of articles in the English language version. The current share of non-English language articles has increased to 71% of the total.

    For a table of the largest Wikipedias, see meta:List of Wikipedias#All Wikipedias ordered by number of articles. For an overview of the world's biggest wiki websites (Wikipedia or not), see MeatBall:BiggestWiki.

    Policy issuesEdit

    Some questions you might askEdit

    What can I do to help?

    I have just noticed the fact that the top and bottom bars are in English. Can something be done about that?

    • Those lines come from a configuration file that the public can't access (I believe). Please see the embassy and the technical mailing list for the ongoing effort to translate Wikipedia into different languages.

    Here are some "international Wikipedia" policy questions. To a certain extent, these questions will resolve themselves, though.

    • How are the various Wikipedias going to be coordinated, if at all? Will we have several quite different articles in different languages? Will English be a lingua franca?
      • In the embassy we are coordinating efforts between languages.
    • Is there going to be an easy way to link from one language to another?
    • Please explain the steps to join Wikipedia with a language not in the current development list - e.g. allocation of a wiki space and hosting vs. having own domain for the national wikipedia; initial setup of the pages to be translated; promotion strategies to be adhered to, etc.? Who is in charge for this?
    • Why are the Wikipedias in different languages separate? I.E. why is a separate account and identity required for each language? It seems to me to make more sense if a Wikipedian had the same identity in all Wikipedias. If I already have a user account in the English Wikipedia, and wish to contribute to another language under my name, why do I need to open up yet another account (with a password and cookie)?

    Anything else?Edit

    • Is there any place to find a list of *all* mediawiki sites? Why do barely-active languages like Manx appear on lists like the wikistats page? etc, etc. +sj+ 13:57, 2004 Mar 14 (UTC)
    • How can I write text in non-Latin texts, what I mean to say is, is there a standard program or something? If anyone knows, please let me know in my My Talk Page. Thanks ThaGrind 10:29, 5 Feb 2004 (UTC)
    • It depends on your operating system. In recent versions of Windows, you just need to enable the appropriate input languages by going to the Regional options control panel. For some languages such as Arabic, Hindi, and Thai, you may have to enable complex text support. Then switch the text input language. Recent Linux operating systems are usually set up for a very wide variety of languages, so you may just have to switch the text input language. - Taxman Talk 22:26, 31 October 2005 (UTC)
    • User:Bst translated one of the tutorial pages into Macedonian. I'm not quite sure what Bst had in mind at the time, and the text was removed as not belonging in the English Wikipedia, but should anyone ever start a Wikipedia in Macedonian, his work is available in the page history of Wikipedia:Tutorial (Editing). Isomorphic 15:24, 11 Jun 2004 (UTC)

    See also Main Pages Gallery

    • I wanna be a sysop in Turkish. Should I apply in Turkish pages or in English pages?
    • You should apply in the Turkish Wikipedia because if you did so in the English Wikipedia, you will become an admin in the English wiki but not the Turkish wiki. Scott Gall 01:07, 15 Jan 2005 (UTC)
    • I have access to professional translating software. The results are not perfect but they are fast. Should I just use the regular Babel templates or would it be usefull to make a distiction between human and AI translations? --Tandarts 22:17, 12 July 2005 (UTC)-- 22:14, 12 July 2005 (UTC)
    • At the WP:TIE it says: "Never user machine translation." It always needs to be redone completely, at least the ones I have seen so far. If you have already posted machine-translations or are going to try it anyway, please list it here: WP:PNT, so someone can clean it up. --Fenice 06:15, 13 July 2005 (UTC)
    • I remember I've seen somewhere on wikipedia pages, that there is possibillity for learners of a foreing language to translate an article to the language they are learning and then some another wikipedian - native speaker - would check their translation. Unfortunately, I can't find it now.

    If you know something about this, please write a reply here. Thanks in advance! --Kompik 12:26:13, 2005-07-30 (UTC)

    • Is there one place to find lists of templates, pages, and terms in each language, on one page? For example, I am looking for the templates for {{doppelganger}} in each language, so I can protect some non-English accounts from impersonators. Is there a page where I can find this template, and see a list of its counterparts in various languages? Or, for instance, a list of links to Administrator Noticeboards, or Vandalism in Progress pages, all listed on one page for all languges? Thanks. paul klenk talk 19:00, 3 October 2005 (UTC)
    • Which article appears in the most languages?