Translators Associations Europe

Europe: the world's region with the largest number of translators associations

Translators Associations EuropeEurope is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area – it covers about 10,180,000 square kilometers – and the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with around 700 million inhabitants.

It is no surprise that this continent has approximately 50 states, an incredible amount of languages, different cultural identities and religious beliefs.

If you think about it, Europe, in particular Ancient Greece, is the birthplace of Western culture and has had a major influence in culture, economics and social movements in the world since the Renaissance and is also the world’s region with the largest number of translators and interpreters associations.

France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are the countries with the biggest number of organizations defending translators and interpreters. There are over a 100 translators associations in Europe.


Europe comprises the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia and is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting the Black and Aegean Seas. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea to the southeast.

Its borders date back to classical antiquity and are somewhat arbitrary, but the term “continent" incorporates cultural – Europe has several global translators associations, for instance – and political elements.

Speaking of borders, Europe is the birthplace of Translators without Borders, a translators association of crucial importance for the success of humanitarian projects.


Europe played a predominant role in global affairs from the 15th century onwards, especially after the beginning of colonialism. Between the 16th and 20th centuries, European nations controlled at various times the Americas, most of Africa, Oceania, and large portions of Asia.

Both World Wars were largely focused upon Europe, greatly contributing to a decline in Western European dominance in world affairs by the mid-20th century as the United States and Soviet Union took prominence.

During the Cold War, Europe was divided along the Iron Curtain between NATO in the west and the Warsaw Pact in the east. European integration led to the formation of the Council of Europe and the European Union in Western Europe, both of which have been expanding eastward since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.


In 2009 Europe remained the wealthiest region – its $37.1 trillion in assets under management represented one-third of the world’s wealth. However, as with other continents, Europe has a large variation of wealth among its countries.

The European Union, an intergovernmental body composed of 27 European states, comprises the largest single economic area in the world. Sixteen EU countries share the Euro as a common currency.

Culture and language

The foundation of European culture was laid by the Greeks – Greece has at least three known translators associations today –, strengthened by the Romans, stabilized by Christianity – historically, religion in Europe has been a major influence on European art, culture, philosophy and law –, reformed by the 15th-century Renaissance and Reformation, modernized by the 18th century Age of Enlightenment and globalised by successive European empires between the 16th and 20th centuries.

European languages mostly fall within three Indo-European language groups: the Romance languages, derived from the Latin of the Roman Empire; the Germanic languages, whose ancestor language came from southern Scandinavia; and the Slavic languages.

While Romance languages are spoken primarily in south-western Europe, as well as in Romania and Moldova, in Central or Eastern Europe; Germanic languages are spoken in north-western Europe and some parts of Central Europe. Slavic languages are spoken in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe.

Although these are the three main groups, there are many other languages in Europe, like those of the Baltic and Celtic groups, for instance.


In addition to the above mentioned countries (France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands), in the Northern Europe, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Island, and Ireland have translators associations.

Austria, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland are the central Europe nations that have translators associations.

In the Eastern Europe, several countries have national translators associations: Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Check Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,

Finally, there are international organizations that bring together national translators associations, like European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association, the International Federation of Translators and the European Council of Associations of Literary Translators.

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