An update on… the German president


Christian Wulff (Martina Nolte, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Do you know the name of the current German president? Your chances are higher if you speak one of the languages bg, ca, cs, da, de, dsb, en, es,  et, fi, fr, hsb,id, is,it, ja, lt, lv, ms, nds, nl, no, pl, pt,ro, ru, simple, sr, sv, th, tr,uk, yo, zh.

Those Wikipedia’s have an article “President of Germany”, and Christian Wulff is mentioned as the current officeholder. He has been elected on June 30th and inaugurated on July 2nd, this year.

If you speak eo or ka, then you still live in the interregnum of Jens Böhrnsen. The president of the Federal Council fulfilled the president’s duties from May 30th to July 2nd.

According to the Wikipedias in be, gl, he and it, Horst Köhler is still in office, the president who was elected in 2004, reelected in 2009 and resigned on May 30th. Latin Wikipedia does not mention a name at all.

I did the test just now, on July 10th in the evening. This means that more than a week after Wulff’s inauguration most of the language versions (which have that article at all) did the update. A small number still presents Köhler.

Creating an article is one thing, maintaining it a different one. In 2002-2005, Wolfgang Clement was federal minister of economics. All of the articles that exist on him in different language versions tell us that. The articles in de, en, fr, ja, la, nds, ru and tr also mention that he left his party in 2008, the articles in fa, nl, no and pl never heard about.

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5 responses to “An update on… the German president”

  1. Aleksandr Andreiko (aleksandrit) says :

    “Your chances are higher if you speak one of the languages” — you forget to mention ru.

    • Ziko van Dijk says :

      Strange – it’s in my notes, but slipped through my fingers when writing the blog. Thank you for noticing!

    • Ziko van Dijk says :

      Thanks – it does not appear in the interwiki lists of de:Bundespräsident (Deutschland), could you check that?

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