Catalan Wikipedia

The Catalan Wikipedia (Catalan: Viquipèdia en català) is the Catalan-language edition of the Wikipedia free online encyclopedia. It was created on March 16, 2001, just a few minutes after the first non-English Wikipedia, the German edition. With more than 707,000 articles, it is currently the 20th-largest Wikipedia as measured by the number of articles, and the fifth-largest Wikipedia in a Romance language.[2][3] In April 2016, the project had 582 active editors who made at least five edits in that month. The edition is most notable for its large number of quality articles, which illustrates the Catalan language's important online presence despite being a minority language.[4][5]

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The main page of the Catalan Wikipedia on March 16, 2019
Main Page of the Catalan Wikipedia in March 2019
Type of site
Online encyclopedia
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Users425,723 registered accounts
9,638 contributors[a] (July 2014)
LaunchedMarch 16, 2001; 21 years ago (2001-03-16)
Content license
CC Attribution / Share-Alike 3.0
Most text also dual-licensed under GFDL. Media licensing varies.


On March 16, 2001, Jimmy Wales announced that he wanted to create Wikipedias in other languages and mentioned that there was interest in creating a Catalan version.[6] The first tests were made on the,[7] and a few minutes later, the Catalan Wikipedia was created in the domain.[8]

The first edit on a non-English Wikipedia was at 21:07 UTC, March 16, 2001, made to the Catalan Main Page. The first contribution in a non-English article dates from March 17 at 01:41 UTC in the article Àbac.[citation needed] Despite being created after the German Wikipedia, for about two months it was the only non-English Wikipedia that contained articles.[9]

After some time, the domain changed to and later to About 2003 its community started to use the name "Viquipèdia" when talking about this edition of Wikipedia. Nowadays, this word is used in Catalan language to refer to the whole Wikipedia. About 2005, the domain was registered and it redirects to In 2007, was also registered and redirected.

The first registered user was probably AstroNomer, presumably used only to make some registration tests, but the first registered user to make lasting contributions was Cdani, the same user cited in Jimbo Wales' message.

In 2005 the Catalan Wikipedia community debated on which name(s) of the Catalan language to present in the main page and other policy pages, either català, "Catalan", valencià, "Valencian", or a combination of both català-valencià and català o valencià. Although there was not a consensus on any of the proposals, users agreed that in articles relevant to the Valencian Community, the name "Valencian" was to be used; on all other articles "Catalan" is preferred.[10] The main page avoids making reference to a particular nomenclature,[clarification needed] by simply stating aquesta versió, "this version".

Milestones and historical main pagesEdit

Milestone Date Article
1 article March 17, 2001 Àbac (Abacus)
10,000 articles November 16, 2004 Unknown[11]
20,000 articles November 19, 2005 Diputat (Member of Parliament)[12]
30,000 articles May 6, 2006 Lunitari (Lunitari)
40,000 articles September 20, 2006 Enginyeria d'aliments (Food engineering)
50,000 articles January 4, 2007 Puerto Real (Puerto Real)[13][14]
75,000 articles August 31, 2007 Eutidem (filòsof) (Euthydemus (Socratic literature))[15]
100,000 articles January 18, 2008 Arrel cúbica (Cubic root)[16]
125,000 articles August 12, 2008 Llúdria gegant (Giant otter)
150,000 articles December 28, 2008 Guerra dels Ossos (Bone Wars)
175,000 articles May 7, 2009 Spilocuscus (Spilocuscus)
200,000 articles September 21, 2009 Carnaval de Solsona (Solsona Carnival)[17][18][19][20]
250,000 articles June 29, 2010 Mare de Déu del Claustre (Mare de Déu del Claustre)
300,000 articles December 21, 2010 Pastítsio (Pastitsio)
400,000 articles April 12, 2013 Heli-4 (Helium-4)
450,000 articles February 3, 2015 L'executor (The Executioner (1970 film))
500,000 articles March 11, 2016 Oda Krohg (Oda Krohg)
600,000 articles January 8, 2019 Pura Velarde (Pura Velarde)
700,000 articles April 24, 2022 Hey, Hey, Rise Up! (Hey, Hey, Rise Up!)
Evolution of the number of articles

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Contributors are users who edited at least 10 times since they registered.[1]


  1. ^ "Wikipedia Statistics — Tables — Contributors". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "List of Wikipedias by language group". Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "List of Wikipedias". Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation.
  4. ^ Jordi Aguilera; Antonio Novella (October 2, 2009). "El català, un exemple d'èxit a Internet" (in Catalan). Espai Internet. Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  5. ^ A Dalby (2007), "Wikipedia(s) on the languages map of the world", English Today, Cambridge Univ Press, 23 (2): 3–8, doi:10.1017/S0266078407002027, S2CID 145231651
  6. ^ Jimbo Wales' message about creating first foreign Wikipedias
  7. ^ Message confirming the creation of the German domain
  8. ^ First history of the Catalan Wikipedia Main Page, hours in Pacific time zone
  9. ^ Multilingual monthly statistics
  10. ^ See debate in the decision making process about usage of the names of the language
  11. ^ 10,000 articles
  12. ^ 20,000 articles
  13. ^ 50,000 articles
  14. ^ Technically, Lesbianisme was article 50,000; nevertheless, it was shortly after merged with Lesbiana according to the project guidelines.
  15. ^ 75,000 articles
  16. ^ 100,000 articles
  17. ^ ca:200.000 articles en català
  18. ^ La Viquipedia en català que ja té 200000 entrades, segona en la classificació de qualitat, TV3 news portal.
  19. ^ Viquipèdia 200000 i creixent Archived 11 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine TV3, self service video survey.
  20. ^ La viquipèdia en català arriba als 200.000 articles Archived 1 January 2013 at, Tribuna de Mallorca, September 21, 2009.

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