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Lecture | Sociolinguistcs Series

The role of (national) government in the promotion and protection of regional and minority languages in the Netherlands

  • Alexandra van den Elsen (Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties)
Thursday 27 February 2020
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


In 1996 the Kingdom of the Netherlands ratified the European Charter for Regional or Minority languages. This Charter of the Council of Europe is the “European convention for the protection and promotion of languages used by traditional minorities”. In the Netherlands, Frisian, Lower Saxon, Limburgish, Yiddish and Romanes are protected under the Charter. Local governments such as the provinces are primarily responsible for these languages. The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations acts as the coordinating ministry on the national level. This talk will provide some insight in the role of the national government when it comes to protecting and promoting the languages recognised under the Charter.

About the speaker

Alexandra van den Elsen works as a policy officer at the Ministry for the Interior for the regional and minority languages recognied under the Charter.

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