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