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Mercator's Regional Dossiers
Mercator's Regional Dossiers

Regional Dossiers

The Regional Dossiers focus on the educational system in European regions that have an autochthonous lesser-used language, and on how the lesser-used language is embedded in this system. The Regional dossiers are written according to a fixed structure, so that they can be used for comparative research.

The dossiers provide information on:

  • educational statistics, such as number of bilingual schools, percentage of children learning the lesser-used language, language skills of teachers, etc.
  • policies regarding education of the lesser-used language
  • the structure of the educational system in the area
  • speakers numbers of the lesser-used language
  • institutions supporting the lesser-used language.

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Most recent Regional Dossier



Italian is one of the four national languages in Switzerland, along with German, French and Romansh (since 1938). The Italian-speaking territories that form the Svizzera italiana show geographical contiguity with Italy. This Regional dossier about Italian in Swiss education was compiled in 2019 at the University of Teacher Education of Grisons, and was led by Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Todisco.

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This Regional Dossier on the bilingual education model in the Inner Mongolia region of the People's Republic of China has been compiled by Prof Badma-Odsar of the Inner Mongolia University (IMU), and Hailia, PhD at the IMU. Unless otherwise stated, academic data refer to the 2015/2016 school year.

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Irish, or Gaeilge, is an indigenous language spoken in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. Speakers of Irish in Northern Ireland are predominantly second language learners and most people learn the language through the education system or at informal language classes held throughout Northern Ireland. The dossier has been updated by Réamonn Ó Ciaráin from Gael Linn.

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Terms of usage

You are free to download and print the dossiers for personal, non-commercial use, provided that the extract is followed by a complete reference to Mercator Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning.

Organisations or institutions that would like to print the dossiers by a local publisher in their country, may request a publisher's file (containing crop marks etc.). Publisher's files are available for some of the dossiers, though not all. We would appreciate it if you could let us know if you print a dossier in large numbers for distribution at conferences or events.


Ramziè Krol-Hage and Marlous Visser are responsible for the editing and publishing of the Mercator Research Centre Regional dossiers series. You can contact them for any questions or suggestions. 

Mercator's Regional Dossiers

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Albanian Italy 2010
Aragonese Spain 2017
Asturian Spain 2nd 2014
Basque France 2nd 2007
Basque Spain 2nd 2005
Breton France 3rd 2019
Catalan France 2nd 2019
Catalan Spain 2nd 2013
Cornish United Kingdom 2nd 2019
Corsican France 2nd 2012
Croatian Austria 2001
Danish Germany 2018
Frisian The Netherlands 4th 2007
Friulian Italy 2014
Gaelic Scotland 2nd 2017
Galician Spain 2nd 2016
German Alsace, France 2nd 2001
German Belgium 2004
German Denmark 2015
German South Tyrol, Italy 2nd 2017
Hungarian Romania 2019
Hungarian Slovakia 2005
Hungarian Slovenia 2012
Hungarian Ukraine 2019
Irish Northern Ireland 3rd 2019
Irish Republic of Ireland 2nd 2016
Italian Slovenia 2012
Italian Switzerland 2020
Kashubian Poland 2004
Ladin Italy 2nd 2016
Latgalian Latvia 2009
Lithuanian Poland 2005
Maltese Malta 2013
Meänkieli and Sweden Finnish Sweden 2001
Manx Gaelic Isle of Man 2016
Mongolian China 2019
Nenets, Khanty and Selkup Russian Federation 2016
НЕНЕЦКИЙ, ХАНТЫЙСКИЙ И СЕЛЬКУПСКИЙ ЯЗЫКИ Российской Федерации in Russian 2016
North Frisian Germany 3rd 2015
Occitan France 2nd 2019
Polish Lithuania 2006
Romani and Beash Hungary 2005
Romansh Switzerland 2017
Sami Sweden 2001
Scots Scotland 2nd 2017
Serbian Hungary 2014
Slovak Hungary 2005
Slovene Italy 2nd 2004
Slovene Austria 2nd 2005
Sorbian Germany 2nd 2016
Swedish Finland 2nd 2013
Turkish Greece 2nd 2019
Ukrainian and Ruthenian Poland 2006
Udmurt Russia 2019
Udmurt Russia in Russian 2019
Võro Estonia 2nd 2019
Welsh United Kingdom 2nd 2014