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Mercator's Regional Dossiers

The Mercator Regional Dossiers

For an overview of the Dossiers, click here.

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 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.

The Regional dossiers are written according to a fixed structure, so that they can be used for comparative research. The dossier's contents may be reprinted for non-commercial use, provided that the extract is followed by a complete reference to Mercator Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning.

Map of the Regional Dossiers

Our most recent Dossiers:



This dossier is written by Manfred Gross, head of the Centre of Multilingualism at the University of Teacher Education of Grisons in Switzerland, and expert on the Romansh language. Matthias Grünert from the University of Fribourg has also provided valuable input.

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This dossier was originally compiled by Katrin Pircher, Ulrike Huber and Herbert Taschler. Ulrike Huber, Helmuth Mathà and Herbert Taschler updated the dossier in 2017.

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The Mercator Regional Dossier Scots, The Scots language in education in Scotland, 2nd Edition was originally compiled by Liz Niven. She updated the dossier in 2017.

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We have compiled the following Dossiers:

Minority language Country Edition Year of publication
Albanian Italy 2010
Aragonese Spain 2017
Asturian Spain 2nd 2014
Basque France 2nd 2007
Basque Spain 2nd 2005
Breton France 2nd 2003
Catalan France 2005
Catalan Spain 2nd 2013
Cornish United Kingdom 2001
Corsican France 2nd 2012
Croatian Austria 2001
Frisian The Netherlands 4th 2007
Friulian Italy 2014
Gaelic United Kingdom 2001
Galician Spain 2nd 2016
German Alsace, France 2nd 2001
German Belgium 2004
German Denmark 2015
German South Tyrol, Italy 2nd 2017
Hungarian Slovakia 2005
Hungarian Slovenia 2012
Irish Northern Ireland 2nd 2004
Irish Republic of Ireland 2nd 2016
Italian Slovenia 2012
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
Nenets, Khanty and Selkup Russian Federation 2016
НЕНЕЦКИЙ, ХАНТЫЙСКИЙ И СЕЛЬКУПСКИЙ ЯЗЫКИ Российской Федерации in Russian 2016
North Frisian Germany 3rd 2015
Occitan France 1996
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 2003
Ukrainian and Ruthenian Poland 2006
Võro Estonia 2007
Welsh United Kingdom 2nd 2014

Terms of usage

You are free to download and print the dossiers for personal use. Organisations/ 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, events etc.

Editors of the Regional Dossiers

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