ELIPS is the acronym for European Languages in the Public Sphere. It is a project initiated by EFNIL concerning the use of the national languages of Europe as instruments of communication for government, legislation, and public administration. The survey gives users an overview of the situation in Europe and allows them to compare the situation of individual languages and countries. For EFNIL itself the survey will constitute a basis for sharing knowledge and experiences among member institutions and for policy actions and proposals.
The ELIPS survey is based on a questionnaire which was filled out between July 2018 and September 2019 by the official institutions for language of each member country in the European Federation of National Institutions for National Languages (EFNIL). It covers the following aspects:
The survey contains descriptive information about materials, policies and actions as well as, where possible, references and links.
Some information is not applicable to certain countries as a whole. Where this is the case, the countries in question are indicated with a brown colour, labelled as multilingual countries. For Finland, there is separate information for Finnish and Swedish; for the UK there is separate information for the constituent countries of the United Kingdom, i.e. for England, Scotland, Wales and Nothern Ireland; and for Belgium there is only information for the Dutch-speaking north of the country, i.e. Flanders. This created a particular problem for the representation of the information in the form of maps. The three member states mentioned above, i.e. Finland, the UK and Belgium, are shown in a separate colour (brown) and are not represented according to the answer to a particular question. We invite users to check the textual information for these countries in order to gain a complete overview of the situation.
Unfortunately not all countries represented in EFNIL submitted data to ELIPS and some European countries are not represented within EFNIL. The survey does not contain data for the following countries: the French Community of Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Spain.
We are constantly trying to improve the ELIPS survey. Your feedback is important.
Do you have suggestions for improvements? Have you discovered mistakes? Do you have proposals for future actions or for the completion of the data?
Please let us know.