European Day of Languages Date in the current year: September 26, 2016

European Day of Languages European Day of Languages was proclaimed by the Council of Europe on December 6, 2001 at the end of the European Year of Languages. This observance annually falls on September 26 and since 2002 various activities and events are organized by member states.

Observation of European Day of Languages encourages people learning the second or third language in and out of school. It also emphasizes the importance of learning other languages in order to increase multilingualism and intercultural understanding.

There are 225 indigenous languages in Europe and about 2/3 of them are under the threat of extinction. The most spread language in Europe is Russian (due to terms of geography and number of native speakers), it's followed by German, Turkish, English, French and Italian.

Various events are organized on European Day of Languages across Europe. The Council of Europe itself doesn't host or support any activities, instead of this the responsibilities are laid on member states and potential partners. Organization of activities is coordinated by a National Relay Person, who is chosen by every state.

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