The Catalan (Catalan: Viquipèdia en català) is the Catalan-language edition of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. It was created on 16 March 2001, just a few minutes after the first non-English, the German edition. With about 578,000 articles, it is currently the 19th-largest as measured by the number of articles, and the fifth-largest 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]


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

The first edit on a non-English 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.[9] Despite being created after the German, for about two months it was the only non-English that contained articles.[10]

After some time, the domain changed to ca.wikipedia.com and later to ca.wikipedia.org. About 2003 its community started to use the name "Viquipèdia" when talking about this edition of. Nowadays, this word is used in Catalan language to refer the whole Wikipedia. About 2005, the domain www.viquipedia.net was registered and it redirects to ca.wikipedia.org. In 2007, www.viquipedia.cat 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 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.[11] The main page avoids making reference to a particular nomenclature, by simply stating aquesta versió, "this version".

Milestones and historical main pages

Milestone Date Article
1 article March 17, 2001 Àbac (Abacus)
10,000 articles November 16, 2004 Unknown[12]
20,000 articles November 19, 2005 Diputat (Member of Parliament)[13]
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)[14][15]
75,000 articles August 31, 2007 Eutidem (filòsof) (Euthydemus (Socratic literature))[16]
100,000 articles January 18, 2008 Arrel cúbica (Cubic root)[17]
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)[18][19][20][21]
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)
Evolution of the number of articles

See also


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


  1. ^ "Statistics — Tables — Contributors". stats.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "List ofs by language group". Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "List ofs". Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  4. ^ Jordi Aguilera; Antonio Novella (2009-10-02). "El català, un exemple d'èxit a Internet" (in Catalan). Espai Internet. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  5. ^ A Dalby (2007), "Wikipedia(s) on the languages map of the world", English Today, Cambridge Univ Press 
  6. ^ Jimbo Wales' message about creating first foreigns
  7. ^ Message confirming the creation of the German domain
  8. ^ First history of the Catalan Main Page, hours in Pacific Timezone
  9. ^ First edit in a non-English article (Àbac)
  10. ^ Multilingual monthly statistics
  11. ^ See debate in the decision making process about usage of the names of the language
  12. ^ 10,000 articles
  13. ^ 20,000 articles
  14. ^ 50,000 articles
  15. ^ Technically, Lesbianisme was article 50,000; nevertheless, it was shortly after merged with Lesbiana according to the project guidelines.
  16. ^ 75,000 articles
  17. ^ 100,000 articles
  18. ^ ca:200.000 articles en català
  19. ^ La Viquipedia en català que ja té 200000 entrades, segona en la classificació de qualitat 3cat24.cat, TV3 news portal.
  20. ^ Viquipèdia 200000 i creixent TV3, self service video survey.
  21. ^ La viquipèdia en català arriba als 200.000 articles Archived 2013-01-01 at Archive.is, Tribuna de Mallorca, 21-9-2009.

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