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Commercial? No
Type of site Internet encyclopedia
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Users 173,383 registered accounts
9,638 contributors[a] (July 2014)
Content license CC Attribution / Share-Alike 3.0
Most text also dual-licensed under GFDL. Media licensing varies.
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Launched 16 March 2001; 13 years ago (2001-03-16)

The Catalan Wikipedia (Catalan: Viquipèdia) is the Catalan language edition of Wikipedia. Founded on 16 March 2001 and reaching 200,000 articles by September 2009, it contains about 432,000 articles, with 1189 active users as of July 2014.[2] It was created just a few minutes after the first non-English Wikipedia, the German version. Despite being created after the German Wikipedia, for about two months it was the only non-English Wikipedia that contained articles.[3] As of mid-2008, the Catalan Wikipedia is by far the largest edition in a regional language (albeit it is the national language of Andorra),[4][5] a language with relatively few speakers that has a huge presence on the Internet.[6]


On March 16, 2001, Jimmy Wales announced that he wanted to create Wikipedias in other languages and mentioned that there was interest in creating a Catalan version.[7] The first tests were made on the,[8] and a few minutes later, the Catalan Wikipedia was created in the domain.[9]

The first edit on a non-English Wikipedia 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.[10]

After some time, the domain changed to and later to About 2003 its community started to use the name "Viquipèdia" when talking about this edition of Wikipedia. Nowadays this word is used in Catalan language to refer the whole Wikipedia. About 2005 the domain was registered and it redirects to In 2007 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 Wikipedia 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[edit]

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) (Euthydemos)[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)
Evolution of the number of articles

See also[edit]


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


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