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The fourth most used language in the world is currently spoken by 260 million people in the world within the five continents, with the United Nations estimating approximately 400 million speakers in less than 30 years.

Considering this context, the fact that it is already the most widely spoken language in the southern hemisphere, being the official language of nine member countries of the CPLP and Macau or namely, the fifth language with the highest number of users on the internet, begets the World Portuguese Language Day to be celebrated on the 5th of May, on the four corners of the World- following a decision, in November 2019, by the 40th UNESCO General Assembly.

This day is, therefore, an opportunity to enrol the Portuguese language in the various global agendas, whether cultural, academic, diplomatic or even economic, asserting its strategic importance. Nearly 150 activities, on a global scale, are scheduled for this Thursday, with the celebrations taking place in the several organisations, associations or institutions of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).

In Portugal, the Camões- Institute for Cooperation and Language will organise a commemorative event for the World Day of Portuguese Language (DMLP) in the National Museum of Theatre and Dance, in Lisbon, a symbolic space, as it is also a place for the promotion of the Portuguese Language, and where there will be the public exhibition of “ Mulheres Saramaguianas/Saramago Women”, evocative of Portuguese Nobel’s centenary.

Additionally, the winners of the 3rd edition of the DMLP contest will be announced, a partnership between the Camões, Porto Editora and the National Reading Plan. An anthology with poetry by 70 Portuguese- speaking poets will also be launched as well as the new issue of the Camões magazine.

The existence of this Day, “accurately translates the international recognition of its great value and potential, asserting itself as one of the greatest strategic assets of the countries that share it” highlights the Minister of Foreign Affairs, João Gomes Cravinho, in the message to be shared on the Day, which is once again closely celebrated, after the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years.

Lisbon, the 4th of 2022

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