Celebrate the European Day of Languages with us!

Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe's 47 member  states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe. 

At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September

Newest Events

26/9/2018 - 28/9/2018
Doğa Koleji Mavişehir 3 Bilim Kampüsü
14/9/2018 - 30/9/2018
26/9/2018 - 26/8/2018
Pavullo nel Frignano (Modena)
24/9/2018 - 25/5/2018
25/9/2018 - 27/9/2018
Primary school "Goce Delhev"
27/9/2018 - 30/9/2018
Escola Básica de Santo Tirso AE Tomaz Pelayo

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How multilingual is your classroom/organisation?

For the 2018 European Day of Languages we invite schools, offices, associations and in fact any organisations or individuals to showcase their language skills. Through this initiative we would like to highlight multilingual Europe in practice and discover Europe’s most multilingual classrooms and workplaces. Find out more


EDL T-shirt competition

Send us your design/image/graphic and have your layout on the official EDL T-ShirtFind out more

Or simply buy the official EDL T-shirt.


Did you know that...

The European Day of Languages is being supported and coordinated by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe? The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union.

Facts and fun

NEW Names of places

Why does a city, town or region have its particular name? Discover some of the fascinating origins of place names in Europe.

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Your national relay

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Self-evaluate your language skills

The 'Self-evaluate your language skills' tool helps you to assess your level of proficiency in the languages you know according to six reference levels described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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2018 - European Year of Cultural Heritage

The cultural heritage of the European Union is a rich and diverse mosaic of cultural and creative expressions, our inheritance from previous generations of Europeans and our legacy for those to come. More information