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Wikipedia expands into Romansh

The free online encyclopaedia Wikipedia – a source of information for many surfing the internet – has introduced Switzerland's fourth language Romansh.

Romansh is therefore added to 260 languages that are available on the platform that is nurtured by its users.

The Romansh project was the work of two brothers from the eastern canton of Graubünden, Gion-Andri and Martin Cantieni, supported by a dozen other contributors.

The first two years of the work were financed by a contribution of SFr60,000 ($58,502) from the canton and the federal government, according to the daily Romansh language newspaper La Quotidiana.

There were 2,807 contributions available on Saturday. As a comparison, Wikipedia offers about 2.5 million contributions in English, 777,000 in German, 670,000 in French and 470,000 in Italian.

According to the Swiss census of 2000, Romansh is spoken by about 35,000 of Switzerland's population of around 7.5 million.

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