Creative and Cultural
Learn about the food, art, music and different cultures of Europe. This section includes teaching resources, online student quizzes, information about the Euro and booklets about languages and diversity in the EU.
What different cultures are there in the EU?
Over 503 million people live in the European Union. These people come from different backgrounds, speak different languages and have diverse cultures.
We often hear different languages when we go on holiday, when we learn new languages in school, or when we meet people from different countries. Most of the languages spoken in the EU belong to three large groups or ‘families’: Germanic, Slavic and Romance. The languages in each group share a family likeness because they are descended from the same ancestors. For example, Romance languages are descended from Latin – the language spoken by the Romans. There are 23 official languages in the European Union, including Irish. People living in countries across the EU speak different languages, practice different religions, and take part in different customs.
17 countries use the same currency, the Euro. These countries are also called the eurozone. Other EU countries such as United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark and Poland have their own national currency.
Find out information about the Euro online.
Online quizzes for students:
Download documents to learn more about the different languages and cultures in the EU:
The booklet teaches children how to say basic phrases like hello, and how are you, in different European languages.
This booklet (available in English and Irish) includes one page of information on each EU country, including landmarks, famous people, and connections with Ireland.