List of Official Languages by Institution
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This is a list of official languages for significant regional and international institutions. Different organisations sometimes refer to their principal languages of administration and communication as "working languages", whilst others refer to these as being "official". No distinction is made here, except where an organization itself, distinguishes between its official and working languages.


Institutions Languages
Commonwealth of Nations English
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) English, French, Spanish, German
International Criminal Court (ICC) Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.[1] (English and French are working languages.[1])
International Labour Organization (ILO/OIT) English, French and Spanish.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) English (Conferences also have simultaneous interpretation into Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.)
International Olympic Committee (IOC/CIO) French, English (at all Sessions, simultaneous interpretation must also be provided into the German, Spanish, Arabic and Russian languages).
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) English, French and Spanish.
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) French and English (Conferences also have simultaneous interpretation into Arabic and Spanish.)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/OCDE) English and French.
Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) Spanish and Portuguese.
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC/OCI) Arabic, English and French.
United Nations (UN/ONU) Under the Charter, the official languages are Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish as well as Arabic which was added in 1973.[2]See also: Official languages of the United Nations.
Universal Postal Union (UPU) French (official) and English (working). Other languages translated: Arabic, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
World Bank (WB) English (Conferences also have simultaneous interpretation into Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.)
World Hindi Secretariat Hindi
World Rugby English, French and Spanish.
World Trade Organization (WTO/OMC) English, French and Spanish.


Most active institutions mentioned.

Institutions Languages
African Union (AU/UA) Arabic, French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.See also: Languages of the African Union
Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA) Arabic
Arab League Arabic
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) English
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) English (working language), Burmese, Filipino, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese.[3]
Benelux Dutch and French.[4]
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) English, French, Dutch and Spanish.
Central American Common Market (CACM) Spanish
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) English, French and Portuguese.
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Russian
Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Portuguese
Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Arabic
Council of Europe English and French.
East African Community (EAC) English, French and Swahili.
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS/CEDEAO) English, French and Portuguese.
Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Russian
European Union (EU/UE) Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish. (English, French and German are the selected working languages of some internal EU bodies, such as the European Commission). See also: Languages of the European Union
Francophonie French
Mercosur Portuguese and Spanish.
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) English, Spanish and French.
Nordic Council Danish, Norwegian and Swedish (working languages)
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO/OTAN) English and French.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) English
Organization of American States (OAS/OEA) Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. See also: The official languages of the Organization of American States
Pacific Islands Forum English
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Chinese and Russian.
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) English
Southern African Development Community (SADC) English, French and Portuguese (working languages)[5]
Union of South American Nations (Unasul-Unasur) Dutch, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Article 50 of Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court" (PDF). Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Basic Facts About The United Nations", By United Nations (2004) ISBN 92-1-100936-7
  3. ^ "The ASEAN Charter" (PDF). ASEAN.
  5. ^ "Consolidated text of the Treaty of the Southern African Development Community, as amended". SADC. Retrieved 2011.

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