Just how many official languages are spoken in the EU? Currently, the European Union (EU) has 23 official and working languages:

  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Maltese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Slovak
  • Slovene
  • Spanish
  • Swedish.

If you find yourself asking how many “official” languages are spoken in the EU, you might also wish to consider some of the “unofficial” languages. In addition to the official languages, for instance, there are more than 60 regional or minority language communities, which vary from ancient Celtic tongues in the west — such as Gallic and Welsh — to minority languages in Eastern Europe such as Kashubian in Poland and Latgale in Latvia. Looking for a professional translation company to handle your translation needs? Turn to Global Lingo! As a UK-based language services provider with a formidable global presence, we handle hundreds of languages and specialize in translation, interpreting, localization, minute taking and more.