Right here’s A Useful Map Exhibiting How To Say “Merry Christmas” In Over 40 European Languages


There are quite a few completely different languages spoken in Europe and realizing a couple of primary phrases is all the time helpful when touring. And whereas studying phrases like “Howdy” and “The place can I discover the restroom” ought to almost certainly be on the highest of your listing, there’s one other one you need to know should you’re visiting Europe throughout the winter holidays – “Merry Christmas”.

To assist prevent the time on googling easy methods to say the phrase in every of the numerous completely different European languages, Czech linguist Jakub Marian created a helpful and informative map with all the data you could possibly want. Test it out beneath!

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This map reveals how Europe says Merry Christmas

The colours Jakub used for his map weren’t chosen at random – all of them characterize the etymological roots of the phrase. Crimson, for instance, represents the Romance languages. They use a Latin-based phrase to explain the start of Christ. The inexperienced colour up North, nonetheless, base their “Merry Christmas” phrase on the Previous Norse pagan competition known as “jól”.



On his website, Jakub explains that he grouped the German, Czech and Slovak languages collectively as a result of the latter two languages adopted the outdated German phrase for “holy evening”. He additionally explains how although Romanian and Hungarian languages are from completely different language households, the way in which they are saying “Merry Christmas” appears to originate from both Proto-Slavic or Latin.



The various European nations rejoice Christmas in another way – in some, it’s not even over but. Russian Orthodox Christians, for instance, will solely be celebrating the Nativity on January seventh because of the completely different ceremonial calendar they use.


Some former Soviet-controlled nations the place Christmas celebration was once banned, for instance, had Christmas merged with New 12 months’s Eve.





Jakub even listed the phrases for you comfort:

AlbanianGëzuar Krishtlindjet
BasqueEguberri on
Belarusianз Калядамі or з Божым Нараджэннем (z Kaljádami or z Bozym Naradžénnjem)
BretonNedeleg laouen
BulgarianВесела Коледа or Честито Рождество Христово (Vesela Koleda or Chestito Roždestvo Hristovo)
CatalanBon Nadal
CroatianSretan Božić
CzechVeselé Vánoce
Danish God jul or Glædelig jul
DutchVrolijk Kerstfeest
EnglishMerry Christmas or Joyful Christmas
EstonianHäid jõule
FinnishHyvää joulua
FrenchJoyeux Noël
GalicianBo Nadal
GermanFröhliche Weihnachten or Frohe Weihnachten
GreekΚαλά Χριστούγεννα (Okalá Christoúgenna)
HungarianBoldog karácsonyt
IcelandicGleðileg jól
IrishNollaig Shona + Dhuit (singular) or Daoibh (plural)
ItalianBuon Natale
LatvianPriecīgus Ziemassvētkus
LithuanianLinksmų Kalėdų
LuxembourgishSchéine Chrëschtdag
MacedonianСреќен Божиќ or Христос се роди (Sreḱen Božiḱ or Hristos se rodi)
Malteseil-Milied it-Tajjeb
NorwegianGod jul
Northern SamiBuorit juovllat
RomanianCrăciun fericit
OccitanBon Nadal
PolishWesołych Świąt (Bożego Narodzenia)
Portuguese: Feliz Natal
Russianс Рождеством (Христовым) (s Roždestvóm [Hristóvym])
Scottish GaelicNollaig Chridheil
SerbianSrećan Božić or Hristos se rodi
SardinianBona Pasca de Nadale
SlovakVeselé Vianoce
SloveneVesel božič
SpanishFeliz Navidad
SwedishGod jul
TurkishMutlu Noeller
Ukrainianз Різдвом (Христовим) (z Rizdvóm [Hrystóvym])
WelshNadolig Llawen

You will discover extra of Jakub’s books and map prints on his website.