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This is a list of many of the different language editions of Wikipedia; as of March 18, 2009, there are 266 Wikipedias. For their number of articles, see the list linked below.

Screenshot of Wikipedia's portal showing the different language editions sorted by article count.


Wikipedia edition codes

Each Wikipedia has a code, which is used as subdomain below Interlanguage links are sorted by that code.

The codes mostly correspond to the language codes defined by ISO 639-1 and ISO 639-3, and the decision which to use mostly is in accordance with the IETF language tag policy.

One code is not a language code ('be-x-old'), but refers to a specific orthography.

Some deviations:

WP edition name WP code Code meaning in ISO 639
Alemannic als unrelated: Tosk Albanian
Ripuarian ksh Kölsch, one variety of the Ripuarian language
Bokmål no Norwegian in general, i.e. Bokmal ('nb'/'nob') and Nynorsk ('nn'/'nno'). Nynorsk correctly uses 'nn'
Albanian sq macrolanguage with four individual languages.
Malay ms macrolanguage that includes more than 30 individual languages
Bihari bh collective code 'ISO 639:bih' includes Bhojpuri bho, Maithili mai, Magahi mag and nine others [1]
Võro fiu-vro Not an ISO code.
Aromanian roa-rup Not an ISO code. 'roa' is Romance (Other).
Min Nan zh-min-nan Not an ISO code. 'min' is unrelated.
Samogitian bat-smg Not an ISO code. 'bat' is Baltic (Other), 'smg' is Simbali language.
Tarantino roa-tara Not an ISO code. 'roa' is Romance (Other).
Simple English simple Not an ISO code
Banyumasan map-bms Not an ISO code. 'map' is Austronesian (Other), bms is Bilma Kanuri, a language of Niger.
Dutch Low Saxon nds-nl Not an ISO code. nds is 'Low Saxon', restricted to Germany in Ethnologue. The Low Saxon dialects in the Netherlands have their own ISO codes.
Zamboanga Chavacano cbk-zam Not an ISO code, 'cbk' is Chavacano. zam is unrelated Miahuatlán Zapotec.
Belarusian (Taraškievica) be-x-old Not an ISO code
Classical Chinese zh-classical Not an ISO code.


Size is given in decadic logarithm of number of articles. '6' means more than 1 000 000, '5' more than 100 000, '4' more than 10 000.

Comparison charts


By article count

Article number of different languages families (06/09/09)  
As of August 2007, the English edition has around 3 times more articles than the second (German) and the third (French)  
Non-English biggest Wikipedias by article count (from German to Swedish, August 2007)  

By number of user accounts

As of August 2007, the English edition has roughly 10 times more user accounts than the second (Spanish) and the third (German)  
Non-English biggest Wikipedias by number of user accounts (from Spanish to Dutch, August 2007)  


  1. ^ The Romansh Wikipedia was established in December 2003. According to an article from July 5, 2008 in, the first two years were financed by a contribution of SFr60,000 ($58,502) from the canton and the federal government.

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