- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Moldova
- Russian Federation
- San Marino
- Slovak Republic
- "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
- United Kingdom
We have three Sami languages spoken in Finland: Northern Sami is doing relatively well but there is also Inari Sami and Skolt Sami. Altogether there are fewer than 1,000 people speaking these two languages. Following recommendations from the FCNM Advisory Committee, the government started a revitalisation programme for all Sami languages.
Krista Oinonen, Director, Human Rights Courts and Conventions Unit, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
United Kingdom's ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in 2001 was the first time policy commitments had been made in respect of Irish in Northern Ireland. The Charter has provided a framework for us to measure progress – and lack of it - and to report back as an NGO to independent international experts. This breaks down isolation and allows us to promote best practice in what are often challenging circumstances, by drawing on the expert findings of the Committee of Experts and the recommendations of the Committee of Ministers.
Janet Muller, director of POBAL, umbrella organization for the Irish language community
Through the language portrait, you can represent graphically your linguistic repertoire – languages and ways of speaking that are important in your life. For this you may either use this silhouette or draw one for yourself. Choose colours that fit the different languages and modes of speech which have a particular meaning for you.
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Two conventions by the Council of Europe are there to make this a reality.