Official European Union 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
Quiz by Mogysht
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
First submittedMarch 11, 2014
Times taken93,320
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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
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 (Gaeilge)
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 66
Apr 21, 2014
I couldn't guess Maltese. 96%
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Level 39
Sep 28, 2019
I got maltese first
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Level 33
May 19, 2020
I just got 9
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Level 54
Aug 4, 2020
I somehow misspelled Maltese and didn't think twice about it so I got 23/24. Feelsbadman
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Level 35
Oct 19, 2020
I MISSED ENGLISH WHAT
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Level 61
Feb 10, 2021
ME TOO
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Level 61
Feb 18, 2021
Interestingly, English is the only language here where all the countries are already represented by another language.
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Level 21
May 13, 2021
Maltese was one of my first guesses. I just missed Bulgarian. I didn't even think about it
+4
Level 47
Apr 21, 2014
Got them all but Croatia had me stumped for a while
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Level 68
Apr 21, 2014
That's exactly what happened to me
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Level 66
Jun 2, 2018
Same
+15
Level 50
Apr 21, 2014
I'm from Romania, but I missed Romanian...
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Level 69
Apr 21, 2014
Got all but Slovene...
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Level 84
Nov 26, 2019
Slovak (Slovenčina) and Slovene (Slovenščina) seem awfully close in their own languages.
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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 33
May 22, 2020
I tried typing it.

dah!!

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Level 61
Dec 20, 2020
Romansh is a Swiss language. As Switzerland isn't part of the EU, it doesn't count.
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Level 61
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 46
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 48
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 48
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 65
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 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 46
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 42
Aug 7, 2014
Missed English -_-
+15
Level 82
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 78
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 82
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 54
Jan 12, 2018
'I seen it' and 'I done it' are more likely American English than British English.
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Level 67
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 78
May 19, 2020
Maybe some of them are getting older like me. When I was young I was a good speller and never mixed up homophones. Now when I send an email I have to proofread it a couple of times because I nearly always make those mistakes without realizing it. I also confuse words that are near each other in sound or spelling, such as forward and toward. It's very upsetting to read back over a message and realize I've inserted the word town, for example, instead of toward. I'm not nearly so critical of poor grammar or bad spellers now that I are won two. :)
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Level 20
Aug 2, 2015
I missed maltese
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Level 58
Nov 27, 2015
Amazing to me that no form of Russian is an official language in the EU.
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Level 27
May 19, 2020
Well, in no eu country russian is an official language, so it would be weird to include it.
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Level 65
Nov 27, 2015
Fun!
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Level 74
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 46
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 74
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 50
Apr 5, 2020
I'm pretty sure that's the point...
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Level 74
May 19, 2020
Then the introduction is wrong.
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Level 62
Apr 25, 2016
The UK has no official language.
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Level 50
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 58
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 74
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 26
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 83
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 28
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 73
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 67
Jul 31, 2016
I forgot english -_-
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Level 72
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 46
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 58
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 46
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 49
Dec 6, 2016
I am Italian and I forgot to type Italian...
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Level 60
Jan 10, 2017
Wow... I was typing Galician with 5 seconds to spare and got my last remaining answer as Gaelic. Madness
+1
Level 60
Jan 31, 2017
What about Latin for the Vatican?
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Level 53
Jun 6, 2017
Vatican City's official Language is Italian and its not a member
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Level 30
Dec 4, 2020
No but Latin is one of the formal languages of IATE
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Level 60
Feb 8, 2017
where is Luxembourgish, ?
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Level 28
Feb 19, 2017
I think it is spoken in Luxembourg.
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Level 46
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...
+1
Level 81
Mar 31, 2017
What? No Scouse?!!!

Oh, that's right. Liverpool isn't part of the EU.

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Level 53
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 48
Aug 30, 2017
Turkey isn't a member state...
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Level 64
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 74
Jul 17, 2018
And not a phrase to be used lightly either.
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Level 58
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 53
Nov 30, 2017
What about Luxembourgish in Luxembourg and Turkish in Cyprus
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Level 82
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 37
Jul 2, 2018
100%, but had a time figuring out Greek for Cyprus.
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Level 67
Dec 16, 2018
you could have done greek for greece...
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Level 52
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 82
Jul 17, 2018
You don't see the different between Greek and ελληνικά?
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Level 67
Dec 16, 2018
it just means you have to use the roman alphabet to type the answers
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Level 55
Jan 14, 2021
The caveat doesn’t specify whether the EU won’t use Cyrillic/Greek scripts, or if it just won’t accept an answer written in that language. It threw me off for a bit too, until I entered in Greek and it worked.
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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 61
Sep 4, 2018
Very fun! Please make another quizzes Mogysht!
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Level 46
Dec 9, 2018
I have several - you can try them all :)
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Level 61
Nov 28, 2018
I missed English. Omg!!!
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Level 46
Dec 9, 2018
We all miss it ;)
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Level 47
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 46
Dec 9, 2018
Fixed, thanks!
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Level 67
Dec 16, 2018
I think it is a nice touch you added all the native words for the languages
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Level 35
Dec 8, 2018
I’m from Ireland and speak Irish and yeah it is gaeilge
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Level 46
Dec 9, 2018
Noted, thanks!
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Level 35
Dec 8, 2018
I got all of them, very easy.

Less time??

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Level 46
Dec 9, 2018
Okay, let me change it to less :)
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Level 67
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 67
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 25
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 46
Feb 1, 2019
I can't believe I got all but Italian.
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Level 76
Feb 20, 2019
Luxembourgish should be on here.
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Level 45
Mar 11, 2019
I thought this was for the UN, not the EU, and I was sooo confused
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Level 43
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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Level 82
May 10, 2019
Probably but it won't much affect this quiz.
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Level 46
May 13, 2019
Funny, but it hasn't yet left the EU.
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Level 17
Feb 25, 2021
English is still an official EU language because Ireland and Malta are still in.
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Level 48
Jul 23, 2019
I was surprised to not see Luxembourgish on here.
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Level 36
Aug 22, 2019
Seeing as the names in between parentheses are the names in the native language, I gather that Irish should be "Irish (gailge)" and not "Irish (gaelic)",
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Level 46
Oct 11, 2019
Good call!
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Level 40
Oct 9, 2019
Am I the only one that wrote andorranese and netherlandish - hahaha
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Level 46
Oct 11, 2019
Hahaha, I guess.
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Level 54
Nov 8, 2019
I had 23 with 2 minutes left, took me until 22 seconds to remember that Maltese existed. Great quiz!
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Level 46
Jan 4, 2020
Thank you, I appreciate your feedback!
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Level 58
Nov 29, 2019
The description of the quiz is wrong. The languages included here are the ones having official status in the EU (as a whole) and not the languages having official status in EU countries as the description says. The latter includes all the answers of this quiz plus Luxembourgish (official in Luxembourg) and Turkish (official in Cyprus).
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Level 42
Dec 6, 2019
forgot polish and hungarian. no idea how
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Level 56
Feb 3, 2020
You will have to remove the UK now :(
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Level ∞
Feb 3, 2020
Updated
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Level 58
May 19, 2020
I think you should also accept Serbo-Croatian for Croatian
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Level 67
May 19, 2020
I doubt you typed "Serbo-Croatian" without thinking of typing Croatian first. But yea, add it
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Level 34
Jun 10, 2021
someone in the balkans is being beat up because you said that.
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Level 67
May 19, 2020
Why isn't Luxembourgish one of them?
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Level 62
May 19, 2020
exactly
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Level 62
May 19, 2020
And btw Croatian, Slovene and Hungarian are also official languages of Austria
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Level 24
May 19, 2020
You really need to change the description to 'Official languages in the EU, not the EU countries.

That means that Letzebuergesch should be one, and other official languages of the country.

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Level 38
May 19, 2020
Embarrased I missed hungarian...
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Level 30
Jun 6, 2020
I feel ridiculously stupid. I missed English, and it’s my native language.
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Level 43
Jun 8, 2020
lol i was missing two and then got them on the last minute, they were irish and english
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Level 62
Jul 8, 2020
Luxembourgish is a national language in Luxembourg, which was a founding member of the EU. Any reason it isn’t included? I know it doesn’t technically have “official status,” but neither do German or French in Luxembourg, they’re administrative languages.
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Level 46
Aug 10, 2020
Luxembourgish is not official in the EU, but German and French are.
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Level 54
Nov 8, 2020
What about Albanian or Macedonian?
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Level 46
Nov 19, 2020
What about them?
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Level 17
Feb 25, 2021
Albania, North Macedonia and Kosovo are not in the EU.
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Level 14
Dec 2, 2020
nanananana your faster time is 1:24
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Level 50
Dec 15, 2020
How. Did. I. Miss. SPANISH??????
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Level 44
Dec 28, 2020
I kept typing Norwegian even though Norway isn’t part of the eu
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Level 57
Jan 24, 2021
Could anyone explain why Maltese and Irish are official languages but not Luxembourgish? Come on, their status are almost the same
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Level 46
Jan 26, 2021
It's because Luxembourg hasn't requested to have Luxembourgish as an official EU language.
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Level 27
Mar 22, 2021
I almost forgot irish, since I saw it come up next to english before
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Level 30
Mar 26, 2021
Luxembourg was one of the founding members and they didn't even get their language represented, F.
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Level 47
Jul 21, 2021
Having the English threw me off on malta and ireland