Royal Galician Academy

The Royal Galician Academy (Galician: Real Academia Galega, RAG) is an institution dedicated to the study of Galician culture and especially the Galician language; it promulgates norms of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary and works to promote the language. The Academy is based in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain. The current president is Víctor Fernández Freixanes.

Royal Galician Academy
Logo of the Royal Galician Academy
MottoColligit. Expurgat. Innovat.
FormationAugust 30, 1906; 114 years ago (1906-08-30)
HeadquartersA Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Region served
Official language
Víctor Fernández Freixanes
700,000 €


In 1905 the Galician language was persecuted in Spain. To avoid persecution, the Sociedade Protectora da Academia Gallega was founded in La Habana, Cuba. Then on September 30, 1906, thanks to the efforts of writers Manuel Curros Enríquez and Xosé Fontenla Leal, it was reestablished as the Real Academia Galega. Manuel Murguía was its first president.

In 1972 the Academy standardized the design of the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Galicia. Some years later, the Academy persuaded the Galician government to commemorate the old coat of arms by superimposing it on the existing civil flag; the resulting flag is used today. Its terminological branch is Termigal.

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The group Galician Writers Association (AELG) criticises the Royal Academy's official language spelling rules and campaigns for an orthographic reintegration reunifying Galician's spelling rules with those of Portuguese. The spelling reintegration campaign held by the AGL is not supported by any of the Galician parties, who along with the Royal Academy adhere to state ideology,[citation needed] represented in the Galician parliament.

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