Silesian Wikipedia

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The Main Page of the Polish Wikipedia (06.12.2009).
The Main Page of the Silesian Wikipedia (December 2009).
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inSilesian
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
CommercialNo. Charitable
Launched26 May 2008

Silesian Wikipedia (Silesian: Ślůnsko Wikipedyjo) is the Silesian edition of Wikipedia. It was started on 26 May 2008.


Screen of first day of action Silesian Wikipedia

The first attempt to launch the Silesian Wikipedia project took place in March 2006,[1] but because of negative comments in the discussion section, the proposal was rejected.[2] In 2007 Wikipedia officially registered the Silesian language in its list of languages.[clarification needed] The International Linguistic Organization SIL International followed this step on 18 July 2007 and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) assigned it the ISO code "szl".[3][4][5][6]

A second application for a Wikipedia project in the Silesian language was submitted on 19 March 2008[7] as a result of discussions on the removal of articles written in Silesian language, which remained in the Polish edition of Wikipedia (in Silesia Wikiproject).[8][9] After the initial acceptance of the proposal (100% positive, 0% negative votes) 31 March 2008, a test project was created in the Incubator Wikimedia projects. The following month it contained 100 articles in Silesian, including more than 1,800 separate pages. After two months all eight requirements necessary to create a new Wikipedia were implemented and finally Silesian Wikipedia was founded on 26 May 2008.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] The 1,000th article was included on 15 November 2008.

In October 2010 the Silesian Wikipedia was mentioned as one of the arguments for Silesian to become one of the regional languages in Poland. The project of the law implementing Silesian as a regional language was introduced to Sejm by parliament member Marek Plura.[18]


Data from 21 October 2020:[19]

Number of edits ~332,000
Articles 52,482
All pages 64,373
Registered users 18,285
Administrators 2


  1. ^ (in Polish) Gazeta Wyborcza: "Będzie Wikipedia po śląsku?", 2006
  2. ^ (in English)
  3. ^ (in English) Archived 2012-10-03 at the Wayback Machine - ISO documentation of Silesian language
  4. ^ (in English) - list of languages with codes ISO (letter "S")
  5. ^ (in English) - list of languages with codes ISO
  6. ^ (in English)
  7. ^ (in English)
  8. ^ (in Polish)
  9. ^ (in Polish) Gazeta Wyborcza: "Narodziła się śląska Wikipedia", 05.04.2007
  10. ^ (in Polish) Gazeta Wyborcza: "Jest już Wikipedia po śląsku", 27.05.2008
  11. ^ (in Polish) Gazeta Wyborcza: "Śląska Wikipedia już działa", 27.05.2008
  12. ^ (in Polish) Dziennik Zachodni: "Świat po naszymu, ślonsko godka w wikipedii", 31.05.2008
  13. ^ (in Polish) Radio Plus: "Śląska Wikipedia"[permanent dead link], 29.05.2008
  14. ^ (in Polish) TV Silesia: "Śląska Wikipedia" Archived 2008-05-29 at the Wayback Machine, 28.05.2008
  15. ^ (in Polish) Radio TOK FM: ""Wikipedia po śląsku"", 28.05.2008
  16. ^ (in Polish) Radio eM: "Wikipedia po śląsku", 29.05.2008
  17. ^ (in Polish) TVP1 - Teleexpress: mention about create Silesian Wikipedia, 29.05.2008
  18. ^ (in Polish) Projekt ustawy wprowadzającej śląski jako język regionalny - w Sejmie
  19. ^ (in Silesian)

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