Happy New Year in European Languages

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At the end of every year, we look back at the past 12 months and reflect on the highs and lows of the past year. For some of us, the year can’t end soon enough while others are disappointed that a terrific year must come to a close.

However, one thing that remains the same for everyone is that as one year comes to an end, a new one is just beginning. This means New Year’s resolutions, January sales and a fresh start for everyone.

Many people like to mark the coming of the New Year in different ways such as fireworks or a few drinks with friends and family, but regardless of your traditions and preferences New Year’s celebrations are significant for everybody. This is why it’s nice to wish the people you know a happy New Year as you’re not just wishing them an enjoyable time on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, but expressing a hope that the year to come will be filled with happiness and good fortune.

Would you like to be able to say ‘Happy New Year’ in European languages?

Then check out this map and learn how to express your best New Year wishes to your international friends.

Happy New Year

For more information about the origins of these expressions from each country click here. We hope you enjoyed this article and we hope you have a fantastic 2018! Happy New Year everyone!


  • jakubmarian.com, ‘Happy New Year’ in European Languages. Available here [accessed 27/12/17].

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.