538 Languages: The Most Translated Document in The World

Mar 17, 2014 | Languages


From Abkhaz to Zulu: the most universal document in the world has been translated into no less than 538 languages, including Ao, Ido, Wolof, and hundreds of others that even language experts like us had never heard of until we researched this blog post.

What is this Guinness-record breaking document that’s even available in British sign language?

We’re glad you ask, and we’ll tell you in plain English: it’s the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948.

The official website of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights offers all 538 different translations as HTML and PDF downloads in an attempt to disseminate the UDHR as broadly as possible.

If you happen to speak a language that hasn’t been covered yet, you are invited to submit your own translation. To keep up to date with global human rights issues, follow their page on Facebook.