Translators in High Demand in Europe

Translators’ future is bright in the European Union. As the Union just expanded on May 1st, integrating 10 more nations for a total of 25 countries, the number of official languages went from 11 to 20, bringing the number of language combinations to a mere 380! “If you know someone who can translate from Maltese into Finnish, please let us know!” begs Karl-Johan Loenroth, head of the EU’s Directorate-General for Translation. With a budget growing from €500M to €800, Loenroth will engage in the hiring of 110 additional translators for each one of the 9 new official languages.

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