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Official EU Languages

Name the languages that have official status in EU countries.
Note: Cyrillic and Hellenic alphabets cannot be used.
When you guess the language, the countries will also appear
Last updated: November 03, 2018
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Official in:
Language
Bulgaria
Bulgarian (български)
Croatia
Croatian (hrvatski)
Czech Republic
Czech (čeština)
Denmark
Danish (dansk)
Belgium, Netherlands
Dutch (nederlands)
Ireland, Malta, United Kingdom
English
Estonia
Estonian (eesti keel)
Finland
Finnish (suomi)
Belgium, France, Luxembourg
French (français)
Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg
German (deutsch)
Cyprus, Greece
Greek (ελληνικά)
Hungary
Hungarian (magyar)
Official in:
Language
Ireland
Irish (gaelic)
Italy
Italian (italiano)
Latvia
Latvian (latviešu valoda)
Lithuania
Lithuanian (lietuvių kalba)
Malta
Maltese (malti)
Poland
Polish (polski)
Portugal
Portuguese (português)
Romania
Romanian (română)
Slovakia
Slovak (slovenčina)
Slovenia
Slovene (slovenščina)
Spain
Spanish (español)
Finland, Sweden
Swedish (svenska)
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level 48
Apr 21, 2014
I couldn't guess Maltese. 96%
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level 47
Apr 21, 2014
Got them all but Croatia had me stumped for a while
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level 65
Apr 21, 2014
That's exactly what happened to me
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level 52
Jun 2, 2018
Same
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level 47
Apr 21, 2014
I'm from Romania, but I missed Romanian...
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level 67
Apr 21, 2014
Got all but Slovene...
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level 25
Apr 21, 2014
How did I not get Spanish when I'm listening to a Spanish song right now. The hell!
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level 49
Apr 21, 2014
What about Romansh?
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level 35
Apr 21, 2014
Only an official language in Switzerland, which is not part of the EU.
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level 41
Sep 19, 2017
Though if it were, it would take the spot as the least widely used official language, beating out Gaeilge, which is pretty interesting.
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level 35
Apr 21, 2014
Turkish is an official language of Cyprus, is it not?
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level 44
Apr 21, 2014
Yes, but the Turkish part of Cyprus is not a part of the European Union.
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level 75
Dec 13, 2014
Technically the whole island of Cyprus is part of the EU but they do not recognize the Turkish control over the northern part of the island. They are trying to move toward reunification. Maybe when they do Turkish will become a language of the EU.
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level 58
Oct 27, 2018
I believe turkish is still a recognised language in the Republic of Cyprus, it has been since its independence and still exists like the empty seats in the parliament reserved for the turkish minority. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyprus#Languages
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level 56
Apr 21, 2014
Hey if you like this quiz you may like this one too http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/66970/world-corruption-index
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level 37
Apr 29, 2014
Got all but Maltese. I was always under the assumption that most in Malta spoke English.
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level 44
Apr 29, 2014
Well, they do, as do the people in Ireland, but Gaelic is also official. Not the case with Luxembourgish though. It is up to the country's own discretion to decide whether to inquire for a local language to be included as official for the EU. Maltese and Irish people understand perfectly English. Nevertheless, they have asked for their local languages to be included. This burdens the EU budget - translation costs, etc.
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level 47
May 26, 2017
Well we do know perfect English,but we still consider it to be a foreign language. We speak in Maltese in every other occasion unless its academics or speaking with foreign people/ tourists. Not including Maltese as an official language is like not recognising Dutch as the official language for the Netherlands because most of them understand English...
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level 39
Feb 19, 2019
Not everybody does understand or speak English perfectly, and not everybody wants to. Insisting that everybody speaks your language and not theirs is the biggest reason that smaller minority languages die out. Why should I have to speak English to you, when you wouldn't speak Welsh or Irish to me? The Irish language is NOT called "gaelic", it is "gaeilge" and referred to as Irish. And please don't call somebody else's language a "burden" - that's pretty offensive, Mogysht.
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level 58
Oct 27, 2018
Lol I put it as a joke because that's the only M country I could think of.
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level 34
May 20, 2014
i forgot English. Kicking myself so hard for this.
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level 28
May 30, 2014
it would be good to improve the definition of the quiz. 'official status' is a bit too vague. Status by which body, what level?
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level 44
May 31, 2014
Well, by the institutions of the EU - Commission, Parliament, Council. That's why it says EU languages. Some languages, such as Luxembourgish, are not official because Luxembourg has not applied for an official status of this language. If they did, Luxembourgish would become 'official'. The Irish applied for Gaelic and it is official.
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level 50
Jul 14, 2014
I know the counties and the languages but somehow they slipped my mind.
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level 38
Aug 7, 2014
Missed English -_-
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level 75
Dec 13, 2014
Whenever I've been reading comments on the Internet for too long sometimes I start to miss English, too.
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level 39
Dec 16, 2014
Good comment. I sometimes wonder if some people born in the UK have been taught a different form of English! Incorrect grammar such as, "I seen it" or "I done it" really grates.
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level 13
May 16, 2015
that always happens to me as well
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level 75
Jul 30, 2016
Maybe English is a second language for many who post here. It's difficult enough as a first language.
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level 75
Aug 2, 2016
If that was all it was, ander, I wouldn't fault them for it, but I know it's not.
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level 52
Jan 12, 2018
'I seen it' and 'I done it' are more likely American English than British English.
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level 45
Dec 16, 2018
@ander217 Often non english speakers avoid many of the most prevalent mistakes that native english speakers do make. Like there their and their, and you're and your, and there was a third common mistake I believe, ow yea too and to (but i think that is one that non english speakers get wrong quite often aswell, but either group often get that one wrong just by typing too fast. )
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level 20
Aug 2, 2015
I missed maltese
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level 59
Nov 27, 2015
Amazing to me that no form of Russian is an official language in the EU.
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level 53
Feb 18, 2018
Russia is not an EU member, so...
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level 57
Nov 27, 2015
Fun!
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level 31
Dec 25, 2015
forgot polski
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level 68
Jan 3, 2016
What about Sorbian, Frisian, Romani (Germany), Basque, Catalan, Galician, Occitan, Aranese, Aragonese, Asturian (Spain), Letzeburgesh (Luxemburg), Welsh, Scottish Gaelish, Manx, Cornish (UK), Sami (Finland)? They all have Official Status in EU Countries. The quiz merely collects the Main languages of the States.
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level 44
Jan 29, 2016
Thanks for your comment. Sorbian should be Serbian and Sami - Suomi. Here's a source: http://ec.europa.eu/languages/policy/linguistic-diversity/official-languages-eu_en.htm Cheers, Svet
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level 68
Jul 29, 2016
Sorry for my late reply. I didn't mean Serbian but Sorbian, an official minority language in Germany and recognised as such. Sami and Suomi are different languages, too. As I said - your quiz collects official languages of the EU, not of the EU countries, as the introduction says.
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level 76
Apr 18, 2016
I don't believe most of those *do* have official status. They are spoken, but not recognised as official languages of those countries.
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level 39
Feb 19, 2019
frisian is definitely an official language in the Netherlands. It's also the language that is closest to english
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level 59
Apr 25, 2016
The UK has no official language.
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level 45
Feb 19, 2019
But the EU does.
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level 31
Feb 2, 2016
Scottish gaelic is semi official
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level 56
Jun 6, 2017
It's an official language in Scotland, but it is not an official language of the EU. Why is this such a bloody difficult concept to understand? The quiz is not asking for any language that has official status within parts of individual constituent members of the EU, but official languages of the EU. There's a world of difference between those two things.
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level 68
Jun 2, 2018
It's difficult to understand because it is NOT what the quiz asks for - "Name the languages that have official status in EU countries. ".
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level 22
Feb 5, 2016
There are some missing: Luxembourgois in Luxembourg, Catalan in Andorra. And some are spoken in other countries: Italian in Vatican City and San Marino, Spanish in Andorra, French in Monaco... and a lot more.
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level 74
Jul 29, 2016
That's a whole lot of wrong in one post. Congratulations.
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level 63
May 25, 2016
I can't believe I missed Dutch
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level 27
Jul 23, 2016
Totally forgot about Maltese. 23/24
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level 44
Jul 29, 2016
I forgot ENGLISH!!!
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level 44
Jul 29, 2016
just remembered Finnish at the last moment phew
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level 67
Jun 6, 2017
At the finish maybe?
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level 59
Jul 30, 2016
The first instruction is badly worded. As several have pointed out, there are languages with official status "in EU countries" (which you requested), such as Catalan, but do NOT have status as official EU languages. You should reword the question. A friend's sister used to work in Brussels handling translation services for EU - can you imagine the difficulty in finding someone speaking both fluent Maltese and Estonian! Probably no more than 10 people in the world.
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level 53
Jul 31, 2016
I forgot english -_-
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level 67
Jul 31, 2016
Got all but one with ages left... thinking... thinking. Oh. English.
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level 35
Aug 2, 2016
Many countries have regional languages so they should be official : - catalan, Galician, Valencian, Basque in Spain - Basque Breton in France - Flemish in Belgium - Mirandês in Portugal ........
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level 44
Aug 7, 2016
They would be if their respective countries have applied before the European Commission to include them as official :)
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level 56
Jul 21, 2017
Regional languages having some official status within individual countries does not mean they are official EU languages - they are different things.
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level 20
Aug 5, 2016
Couldn't guess Bulgarian & Maltese, and I also thought "Croatian" was "Croat", but apparently I'm wrong. Gonna go look that up. 88%
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level 44
Aug 7, 2016
Well, that's a good result for the first try. Too bad you did not get Bulgarian as I am Bulgarian :))) Thanks for trying my quiz, though!
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level 33
Dec 6, 2016
I am Italian and I forgot to type Italian...
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level 61
Jan 10, 2017
Wow... I was typing Galician with 5 seconds to spare and got my last remaining answer as Gaelic. Madness
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level 60
Jan 31, 2017
What about Latin for the Vatican?
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level 48
Jun 6, 2017
Vatican City's official Language is Italian and its not a member
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level 54
Feb 8, 2017
where is Luxembourgish, ?
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level 27
Feb 19, 2017
I think it is spoken in Luxembourg.
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level 36
Feb 9, 2017
How did i forget dutch and greek! In the last seconds i tried writing luxembourgish but i was thinking that estonian would be a dud answer so...
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level 70
Mar 31, 2017
What? No Scouse?!!!

Oh, that's right. Liverpool isn't part of the EU.
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level 48
Jun 6, 2017
Turkish and Luxembourgish don't make the list despite, being official languages of member states, which is sad, but true.
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level 47
Aug 30, 2017
Turkey isn't a member state...
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level 55
Jul 17, 2018
No but Cyprus is.
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level 59
Jun 6, 2017
I'm sure it's a nice language but the only Gaelic words I know are "tiocfaidh ár lá" Definitely not pronounced the way it looks.
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level 68
Jul 17, 2018
And not a phrase to be used lightly either.
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level 45
Oct 23, 2017
I knew malta had its own language but i couldn't remember what it was called so i gave up after maltan. tat was the only one i missed
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level 50
Nov 30, 2017
What about Luxembourgish in Luxembourg and Turkish in Cyprus
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level 75
Jun 2, 2018
Turkish is spoken in Northern Cyprus, which is only recognized by Turkey. Luxembourg also speaks French and German. The EU doesn't give every language spoken in an EU country "official" status. Otherwise there would be Catalan, Basque, Manx, and quite a few other languages on this quiz.
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level 38
Jun 2, 2018
I forgot about Dutch. 96% (so close)
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level 38
Jul 2, 2018
100%, but had a time figuring out Greek for Cyprus.
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level 45
Dec 16, 2018
you could have done greek for greece...
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level 55
Jul 5, 2018
If "Note: Cyrillic and Hellenic alphabets cannot be used." (in the description), then why is Greek an official language?
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level 75
Jul 17, 2018
You don't see the different between Greek and ελληνικά?
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level 45
Dec 16, 2018
it just means you have to use the roman alphabet to type the answers
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level 23
Jul 17, 2018
My strategy is I do the best i can on the first try then i study the answers and then I do the ones i missed first and the i type the obvious ones like french
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level 51
Sep 4, 2018
Very fun! Please make another quizzes Mogysht!
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level 44
Dec 9, 2018
I have several - you can try them all :)
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level 55
Nov 28, 2018
I missed English. Omg!!!
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level 44
Dec 9, 2018
We all miss it ;)
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level 46
Dec 7, 2018
Why do all the languages appear in their native form in parenthesis except Irish, which is written as "gaelic" - an English word? The correct translation is "Gaeilge"
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level 44
Dec 9, 2018
Fixed, thanks!
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level 45
Dec 16, 2018
I think it is a nice touch you added all the native words for the languages
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level 27
Dec 8, 2018
I’m from Ireland and speak Irish and yeah it is gaeilge
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level 44
Dec 9, 2018
Noted, thanks!
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level 27
Dec 8, 2018
I got all of them, very easy. Less time??
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level 44
Dec 9, 2018
Okay, let me change it to less :)
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level 45
Dec 16, 2018
Ahh soo there is the problem... I need a bit MORE time, so if I did this quiz two weeks ago, I might ve passed ;)
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level 45
Dec 16, 2018
Ugh I forgot irish, did get malta though.. and I knew/tried the others I missed but apparently wrote them wrong. I know the countries in english, but to turn those words into the names of the language isnt allways as easy (especially since it isnt consistant , some are -ish others are -ian etc) Wasted time on norway tried norwegian norse nordic....
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level 23
Jan 13, 2019
Wow... I didn't even know Malta was a real country. I thought they made it up for The Maltese Falcon. Like Xanadu or El Dorado. You learn something new every day.
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level 26
Jan 17, 2019
I wrote Maltese as a joke because Malta came into my mind, didn't know it was an actual language
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level 43
Feb 1, 2019
I can't believe I got all but Italian.
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level 69
Feb 20, 2019
Luxembourgish should be on here.
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level 36
Mar 11, 2019
I thought this was for the UN, not the EU, and I was sooo confused
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level 41
Mar 25, 2019
Well the UK is leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 according to Google. So does that mean that the EU quizzes have to change after that?
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