Peace Pole Languages

Peace poles are made one at a time so you can choose the languages.

Below is a list that is compact to make it easy to see or print. Click here for a less compact one that clicks through to the translations.

List of Translations of “May peace prevail on earth.”

Albanian, Algonquin, Amharic, Anishinaabe, Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian, Assamese, Assyrian, Athabaskan, Aymara, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Belorussian, Bislama, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Braille, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Catalan, Cherokee, Chichewa, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinook Jargon, Chumash, Creole-French, Creole-Haitian, Croatian, Czech, Dakota, Danish, Dari (Persian), Douala, Divehi, Dutch, Dzongkha, Egbo, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, Gaelic-Irish, Gaelic-Scottish, Gekoyo (aka Giguyu), Georgian, German, Greek, Guarani, Gujarati, Hausa, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Herzegovina, Hindi, Hindustani, Hmong, Hopi, Hungarian (Magyar), Icelandic, Ikiribati, Indonesian-Malay, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Kikongo, Kikuyu (AKA Agekoyo), Kimaasai, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Klingon, Konkani (Goan), Korean, Kumeyaay, Kyrgyz, Lakota, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Letzeburgesch, Lenape, Lingala, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maasai (AKA Maa), Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay-Indonesian, Malayolam, Magyar, Maltese, Manipur, Maori, Marathi, Marshallese, Menominee, Miami, Mohawk, Moldavian/Romanian, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Montenegrin, Mungaka, Nauruan, Navajo, Nepali, Norwegian, Odawa/Ojibway, Ohlone, Oneida, Oriya, Palauan, Pashto, Persian, Pidgin, Pilipino, Polish, Portuguese, Potawatomi, PunjabiGurmukhi, Romanian/Moldavian, Russian, Rwanda-Rundi (see Kinyarwanda/Kirundi), Samoan, Sanskrit, Scottish, Seminole, Seneca, Serbian, Sesotho, Shomash, Sindhi, Sign Language, Sinharese (Sinhalese), Sioux, siSwati, Slovak, Slovene, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tai-Kadai, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Tetun, Tibetan, Thai, Ticunuwhene, Tigrinya, Tongan, Tongva, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuscororan, Tuvaluan, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu, and Animal Tracks.


To help you choose which languages to put on your peace pole, here are the choices made by some institutions.

​Official languages of the United Nations:
Chinese, English, Spanish, Arabic (the four most common on peace poles), French, and Russian.

Other popular choices on Peace Poles: 
Japanese, Hebrew, Swahili, and Cherokee (partly because of its interesting history).

The languages in order of greatest number of speakers:
Chinese, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Hindi (a note about Hindi), Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, Japanese, and German, but it depends on how you count them.

Counting the number of countries in which a language is spoken puts them in this order:
English (115), French (35), Arabic (24), Spanish (20), Russian (16), German (9), Chinese (5), Portuguese (5), Hindustani (2), Bengali (1), Japanese (1) 

On the other hand, by some estimates the most influential languages in the world are in this order: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese-Mandarin, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Hindi

For another take on that, on the U.S. State Departments Foreign Service Institute exam, extra points are given for telephone competency in these languages (in alphabetical order): Arabic-Any variety, Chinese-Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Pashto, Persian-Afghan (Dari), Persian-Iranian (Farsi), Urdu.

Not to make your head spin, but if you are trying to choose between a couple of languages and want a little more guidance, other languages worth bonus points, although not as many, on the U.S. State Departments Foreign Service Institute exam are: Albanian, Amharic, Armenian-East, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian-Khmer, Chinese-Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Kinyarwanda/Rwanda, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Nepali/Nepalese, Norwegian, Panjabi/Punjabi, Persian -Tajiki, Pilipino/Tagalog, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian (All variants), Singhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili/Kiswahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese-Std.