Wikipedia reaches one million German entries

The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia recorded its one-millionth entry in German on Sunday.

Wikipedia reaches one million German entries
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The milestone marks the rampant growth of the popular internet reference resource in German, which is Wikipedia’s second-largest language after English.

However, it is not yet clear what the millionth entry will be: an article about the US gardener Ernie Wasson could be deleted due to its low relevancy to German readers. An alternative might be an article on the German speed skater Robert Seifert.

The very first German Wikipedia entry was submitted on May 12, 2001. Since then, the encyclopaedia has become immensely popular in the German-speaking world. Only English, with more than three million entries, is larger.

Wikipedia offers information in more than 184 different languages.

Milestones for Wikipedia in German

1st entry: Polymerase-Kettenreaktion on May 12, 2001

10,000th entry: Löwenzahn on 24. Januar 2003

50,000th entry: Honorius I February 8, 2004

100,000th entry: Kiebitz (Art)/Opel Laubfrosch June 13, 2004

250,000th entry: Mönchgut on June 28, 2005

500,000th entry: Janina Korowicka November 23, 2006

750,000th entry: Johann Friedrich Bahrdt May 17, 2008

1,000,000th entry: Ernie Wasson or Robert Seifert on December 27, 2009

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