How to say December in the countries around Europe

December 12, 2017 12:32 pm

December is the 12th and final month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It has 31 days and is usually associated with the Christmas holidays.

The term December comes from the latin word decem, meaning 10, as it was in fact the 10th month of the Roman calendar which began in March.

Many countries around Europe refer to this month in a similar way, but there are also European languages in which the word for December differs greatly from the English term.

Would you like to know how to say December in the countries around Europe?

Then check out this map from and find out how to refer to December all across Europe.

December in European Languages

If you’d like to view this map with additional information and analysis about each country’s translation for the month of December, go to this link.



  •, ‘December in European Languages’. Available here [accessed on 11/12/17].
  • Wikipedia, ‘December’. Available here [accessed on 12/12/17].


Written by

Liam Kennedy – Schuman Trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament. Graduate of Journalism with a Language (French) at Dublin Institute of Technology. Completed a Masters in Translation Studies at University College Cork.


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