What is the Elips?
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.
How to use Elips?
Warning: we are aware of the technical problem with the display of large queries.
- Click the Select data tab and select questions and countries.
You may select as many as you like or all countries and questions at
- Choose a presentation mode: you can group the information by question
and then by country or by country and then by question.
- Select Comments after individual questions if you want more
detail or explanatory information provided by respondents.
- Select Submit or press the Enter key on your
keyboard to start the search with the selected search criteria.
- Use the Go back button in your browser or the Alt +
Left arrow keys on your keyboard to go back and modify your search
- Click on Select data or double-click the box Select all
questions and/or Select all countries to start your
selection of search criteria from scratch.
- You can also use Search to search the whole database for a
relevant term or phrase, e.g. gender, to see where a given term
What can you find in ELIPS?
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 use of straightforward, reader-oriented and understandable
language by public authorities and administration, which includes both the
use of plain language (part 1) and easy-to-read language
- the existence of policies and actions for and the availability of
high-quality official terminology for government, legislation and public
administration (part 3);
- the existence of policies and actions
concerning the use of languages other than the official one(s) in certain
situations and of policies and actions to cater for cultural, sexual and
gender diversity; (part 4)
- the existence of training programmes
for civil servants and the aspects these programmes cover (part 5);
- the existence of collaboration (structures) between the responsible
bodies in EFNIL’s member states and the EU (part 6).
The survey contains descriptive information about materials, policies and
actions as well as, where possible, references and links.
Please note the following
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
We are constantly trying to improve the ELIPS survey. Your feedback is
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.
- Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
- The Netherlands
- Slovak Republic
- United Kingdom