World Esperanto Congress

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Mark Fettes, president of the World Esperanto Association, during the 100th World Esperanto Congress in Lille (France), 2015

The World Esperanto Congress (Esperanto: Universala Kongreso de Esperanto, UK) has the longest tradition among international Esperanto conventions, with an almost unbroken run of more than a hundred years. The congresses have been held since 1905 every year, except during World Wars I and II. Since the 1920s, the World Esperanto Association has been organizing these congresses.

These congresses take place every year and, over the 30 years from 1985 through 2014, have gathered an average of about 2,000 participants (since World War II it has varied from 800 to 6,000, depending on the venue). The average number of countries represented is about 60. Some specialized organizations also gather a few hundred participants in their annual meetings. The World Congress usually takes place in the last week of July or first week of August, beginning and ending on a Saturday (8 days in total). For many years ILERA has operated an amateur radio station during the conventions.

Until 1980, meetings were held in Europe and the United States, with the exception of Japan in 1965. Since then, other countries have been Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, South Korea, Australia, Israel, Vietnam and Argentina.

The attendance at each World Esperanto Congress from the 1st in 1905 until the 100th in 2015.

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Countries that have hosted the UK, 1905–2016
Number Year City Country Number of
participants
103 2018 Lisbon  Portugal  
102 2017 Seoul  South Korea  
101 2016 Nitra  Slovakia  
100 2015 Lille  France 2698[1]
99 2014 Buenos Aires  Argentina 706[2]
98 2013 Reykjavík  Iceland 1034[3]
97 2012 Hanoi  Vietnam 848[4]
96 2011 Copenhagen  Denmark 1458[5]
95 2010 Havana  Cuba 1002[6]
94 2009 Białystok  Poland 1860
93 2008 Rotterdam  Netherlands 1845
92 2007 Yokohama  Japan 1901
91 2006 Florence  Italy 2209
90 2005 Vilnius  Lithuania 2235
89 2004 Beijing  China 2031
88 2003 Gothenburg  Sweden 1791
87 2002 Fortaleza  Brazil 1484
86 2001 Zagreb  Croatia 1691
85 2000 Tel Aviv  Israel 1212
84 1999 Berlin  Germany 2712
83 1998 Montpellier  France 3133
82 1997 Adelaide  Australia 1224
81 1996 Prague  Czech Republic 2972
80 1995 Tampere  Finland 2443
79 1994 Seoul  South Korea 1776
78 1993 Valencia  Spain 1863
77 1992 Vienna  Austria 3033
76 1991 Bergen  Norway 2400
75 1990 Havana  Cuba 1617
74 1989 Brighton  United Kingdom 2280
73 1988 Rotterdam  Netherlands 2321
72 1987 Warsaw  Poland 5946
71 1986 Beijing  China 2482
70 1985 Augsburg  Germany 2311
69 1984 Vancouver  Canada 802
68 1983 Budapest  Hungary 4834
67 1982 Antwerp  Belgium 1899
66 1981 Brasília  Brazil 1749
65 1980 Stockholm  Sweden 1807
64 1979 Lucerne   Switzerland 1630
63 1978 Varna  Bulgaria 4414
62 1977 Reykjavík  Iceland 1199
61 1976 Athens  Greece 1266
60 1975 Copenhagen  Denmark 1227
59 1974 Hamburg  Germany 1651
58 1973 Belgrade  Yugoslavia 1638
57 1972 Portland  United States 923
56 1971 London  United Kingdom 2071
55 1970 Vienna  Austria 1987
54 1969 Helsinki  Finland 1857
53 1968 Madrid  Spain 1769
52 1967 Rotterdam  Netherlands 1265
51 1966 Budapest  Hungary 3975
50 1965 Tokyo  Japan 1710
49 1964 The Hague  Netherlands 2512
48 1963 Sofia  Bulgaria 3472
47 1962 Copenhagen  Denmark 1550
46 1961 Harrogate  United Kingdom 1646
45 1960 Brussels  Belgium 1930
44 1959 Warsaw  Poland 3256
43 1958 Mainz  Germany 2021
42 1957 Marseille  France 1468
41 1956 Copenhagen  Denmark 2200
40 1955 Bologna  Italy 1687
39 1954 Haarlem  Netherlands 2353
38 1953 Zagreb  Yugoslavia 1760
37 1952 Oslo  Norway 1614
36 1951 Munich  Germany 2040
35 1950 Paris  France 2325
34 1949 Bournemouth  United Kingdom 1534
33 1948 Malmö  Sweden 1761
32 1947 Bern   Switzerland 1370
31 1939 Bern   Switzerland 765
30 1938 London  United Kingdom 1602
29 1937 Warsaw  Poland 1120
28 1936 Vienna  Austria 854
27 1935 Rome  Italy 1442
26 1934 Stockholm  Sweden 2042
25 1933 Cologne  Germany 950
24 1932 Paris  France 1650
23 1931 Kraków  Poland 900
22 1930 Oxford  United Kingdom 1211
21 1929 Budapest  Hungary 1200
20 1928 Antwerp  Belgium 1494
19 1927 Danzig  Free City of Danzig 905
18 1926 Edinburgh  United Kingdom 960
17 1925 Geneva   Switzerland 953
16 1924 Vienna  Austria 3400
15 1923 Nuremberg  Germany 4963
14 1922 Helsinki  Finland 850
13 1921 Prague  Czechoslovakia 2561
12 1920 The Hague  Netherlands 408
11 1915 San Francisco  United States 163
10 1914 Paris  France canceled due
to World War I
9 1913 Bern   Switzerland 1203
8 1912 Kraków Austria-Hungary 1000
7 1911 Antwerp  Belgium 1800
6 1910 Washington, D.C.  United States 357
5 1909 Barcelona  Spain 1287
4 1908 Dresden  Germany 1500
3 1907 Cambridge  United Kingdom 1317
2 1906 Geneva   Switzerland 1200
1 1905 Boulogne-sur-Mer  France 688

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