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The debate is especially heated over this year's choice of Catalonia as the guest of honor, a small linguistic region with controversial cultural policies. The areas where Catalan is spoken include Catalonia itself, the Balearic Islands, Valencia, the tiny principality of Andorra, a few towns in Spain's Aragon region, and the community of L'Alguer on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Considering that Catalan is spoken as a native language by more people than Danish, Finnish, Slovak, Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovenian, Irish, Estonian and Maltese; and that its GDP is comparable to that of Ireland, Finland, or Portugal...

As for "controversial cultural policies", they are broadly in agreement with the Council of Europe's Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:43:43 AM EST
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