Southern Min Wikipedia

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Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inSouthern Min
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedJuly 2003 (project established)
May 28, 2004; 16 years ago (2004-05-28) (joined Wikipedia)
Content license
CC-BY-SA 3.0

The Southern Min Wikipedia (Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Wikipedia Bân-lâm-gú) or Holopedia[1] is the Southern Min edition of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is the second largest Wikipedia in a variety of Chinese, after Mandarin.[2] Written in Pe̍h-ōe-jī, it mainly uses the Hokkien Taiwanese dialect. As of April 2020, it has over 400,000 articles.[3]


The Southern Min Wikipedia was founded as an independent project known as Holopedia (a reference to Hō-ló-oē, a colloquial name for the Southern Min dialect) by Wikipedians Pektiong (Tân Pe̍k-tiong) and Kaihsu (Tè Khái-sū) in 2003. A request was then made at the Wikimedia Foundation's Meta-Wiki to create the Wikipedia project for this language.

ISO code[edit]

At the time of creation there was no ISO 639 code for Southern Min, so the founders decided to use "zh-min-nan", which had been registered as an IETF language tag.[4] Now there is an ISO code for Southern Min (nan) and the domain redirects to

The Southern Min Wikipedia is the only Wikipedia to have two hyphens in the code, although "be-x-old" was formerly used for the Belarusian Wikipedia in classical orthography.

In August 2015, the Wikipedians of Southern Min Wikipedia reached a new consensus to officially use "nan" as the language code; however, the consensus hasn't been executed yet.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ zh:闽南语维基百科
  2. ^ List of Wikipedias
  3. ^ List of Wikipedias on Meta-Wiki.
  4. ^ language tag registration form: zh-min-nan
  5. ^ "⚓ T30442 Rename zh-min-nan -> nan".
  6. ^ "⚓ T10217 Wikipedias with zh-* language codes waiting to be renamed (zh-min-nan -> nan, zh-yue -> yue, zh-classical -> lzh)".

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