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The spoken dialects of Occitan are centuries older and appeared as soon as the 8th century, at least, revealed in toponyms or in Occitanized words left in Latin manuscripts, for instance. Occitan is a separate Romance language, also called langue d’oc. The language is disseminated over a wide area encompassing the whole south of France, Monaco, Spain´s Val d´Aran and Italy´s Occitan Valleys. Collectively, these regions are sometimes reffered to unofficially as Occitania, the Occitania area covers more than 190 000 km². According to the 1999 census, there are 610,000 native speakers and another million persons with some exposure to the language. However, in France, Occitan is still not recognized as an official language, as the status of French has been constitutionally protected since 1992, and Occitan activists want the French government to adopt Occitan as the second official language for seven regions representing the South of France.

The Occitans at Europeada

In 2008 the Occitan National team was eliminated in the quarterfinal, in 2012 optains the fifth place. At the last EUROPEADA 2016, both - the men’s and women’s teams - reached the final. Both were defeated there by the local teams.

Occitània

Occitània

Occitània

Occitània