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Danish Wikitravel Expedition

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The Danish Wikitravel Expedition is an expedition to create a Danish-language version of Wikitravel.

For more information on multilingual Wikitravel policy, please see Language version policy.


Danish is a language spoken in Denmark, Greenland, and The Faroe Islands. There are 5-6 million native speakers worldwide. These travelers would be well-served by a Wikitravel travel guide in their language.

In addition, contributions in Danish would help the other Wikitravel language versions. Many Danish-speaking areas are major travel destinations; having locals update information in their native tongue (which could then be translated to other languages) would make for better information in all the Wikitravel guides. Danish-speakers are also frequent travelers and would have a lot to contribute on other destinations and topics.


This Expedition has the following goals:

  • To collect a good base of Danish-speaking users willing to take this project further.
  • To choose a go-between who can keep users on the English-language site up-to-date on developments on Danish Wikitravel, and vice-versa
  • To translate the interface files for Wikitravel into Danish
  • To launch the new Danish-language Wikitravel.
  • To translate the pages and create the infrastructure necessary to make Danish Wikitravel useful and friendly for new Danish-speaking contributors.
  • To make Danish Wikitravel an integrated part of the Wikitravel family.


The Language version policy lists the steps necessary to get a Danish-language Wikitravel in place.

Gathering a team of users[edit]

To get this project started, we need at least 3 Danish-speaking users willing to help start the Danish Wikitravel. This means helping to translate the interface files, create content on the new Wikitravel, and to create the necessary infrastructure to make Wikitravel welcoming and useful for the next wave of contributors.

If you're interested, please create a user account here on Wikitravel Shared, and sign the list below. To sign, type four tildes (~~~~)

More than 3 users are welcome to sign up, but we need at least 3 to get started.


If there are no objections, Danielk2, the person who started this Expedition, has volunteered to act as go-between for this new language.

Language interface file[edit]

MediaWiki, the software that runs Wikitravel, uses a language interface file to make the links and names and prompts and stuff readable in other languages. We need to customize a new version to work for Danish Wikitravel.

We can collaboratively do this at LanguageDA.php. It's started off with the Wikipedia language file, and we can use the English en:Wikitravel:Language.php file as a reference for things that need to be changed. It's mostly just changing the name of the site (Wikipedia -> Wikitravel), the name of the license, and the names of some important pages.


User:Sertmann, an admin on the English and Swedish versions, would be happy to help with initial setup and subsequent patrolling if a decision is made to move ahead, and so I'd suspect would User:ClausHansen. But generally I think the efforts would be better spent on English wikitravel given the probable English proficiency of potential users, the snail pace of Swedish Wikitravel and the history of the Danish Wikipedia. sertmann 19:01, 15 July 2010 (EDT)