List of articles every Wikipedia should have

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There are a growing number of Wikipedia projects, some very active and others quite stagnant. This list is intended as a guideline for those projects so that they will contain a minimum amount of basic, useful information. This way, people will be encouraged to use these projects and help in their growth. The articles should contain at least basic information on the topics they describe, thus providing a starting point for growth besides being a useful reference for the readers. This list provides links to corresponding Wikidata objects, containing links to articles in various Wikipedias which can be used as a translatable resource.

Top-priority entries, which are deemed especially necessary for any Wikipedia to have, are marked in bold. Like the list itself, these selections should not be viewed as dictating how important certain topics are, but only as a utility for smaller Wikipedias to start from.

This list is limited to 1000 articles, but a much larger list is available at List of articles every Wikipedia should have/Expanded.

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Date Adding Removing
2020-09-03 Sorghum bicolor Sorghum
2019-07-19 Video game Anime
2019-04-07 Vaccine Commonwealth of Independent States
2019-04-07 Marine mammal Elephant
2018-07-19 Nagarjuna Paul the Apostle
2018-04-10 Poverty Auto racing
2017-06-17 Mayan Civilization Esperanto
2017-06-05 Sumer Thirty Years' War
2017-06-05 Inca Treaty of Versailles
Section Version 1.1 Current Number Target Number Vital articles
Biography 216 204 TBD 127
Philosophy 18 12 TBD 20
Religion 21 23 TBD 36
Social sciences 71 77 TBD 149
Language and literature 43 46 TBD 36
Arts and recreation 73 75 TBD 49
Measurements 19 12 TBD 2
Science 195 258 TBD 284
* Astronomy 22 22 TBD 26
* Biology 118 83 TBD 73
* Health and medicine 34 38 TBD 39
* Chemistry 27 27 TBD 31
* Earth science 21 21 TBD 23
* Physics 36 39 TBD 40
* Mathematics 22 26 TBD 52
Food and agriculture 34 34 TBD 23
Technology 69 67 TBD 99
History 40 46 TBD 80
Geography 148 146 TBD 100
Total 1000 1000 1000 999

Count checked: 16:05, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

How to use this list[edit]

There are several different ways to use this list. The first is to translate it into the language of your Wikipedia and see whether you have articles on all of these topics. The topics here are linked to corresponding items in the Wikidata project. If your Wikipedia is missing an article, or if you are starting out with a new language, you may want to translate these basic articles from a different language that you are familiar with (for example, English). Language links to Wikipedias in which the topic is covered are provided at the bottom of each Wikidata item page.

In addition to simply listing the articles, this project hopes to eventually create easily translatable versions of these articles, possibly containing core information at simple:Wikipedia:List of articles all languages should have.

This list is also used to obtain the List of Wikipedias by sample of articles. Articles which are absent from one wikipedia are shown in List of Wikipedias by sample of articles/Absent Articles.

It's possible to list the top 1000 most translated (linked) pages in some languages, at Wikidata Terminator; or even compare any two wikis, with Not in the other language.

Since this list is full, it is important that you discuss any changes (adds or deletes) on the discussion for this list first. If you add an entry at this point, it will be necessary to justify deleting something else.

Five versions from the history of this page can be found at Version 1.0 (14 August 2006), Version 1.1 (15 November 2008), Version 1.2 (3 February 2010), Version 1.3 (24 June 2012) and Version 1.4 (1 June 2014).


Artists and architects[edit]

Authors, playwrights and poets[edit]

Composers and musicians[edit]

Explorers and travelers[edit]

Film directors, screenwriters and actors[edit]

Inventors, scientists and mathematicians[edit]

Philosophers and social scientists[edit]

Political leaders[edit]

Religious figures and theologians[edit]

  1. Abraham
  2. Aquinas, Thomas
  3. Augustine of Hippo
  4. Buddha
  5. Al-Ghazali
  6. Jesus
  7. Luther, Martin
  8. Moses
  9. Muhammad
  10. Nagarjuna



Social sciences[edit]

Language and literature[edit]


  1. Measurement
  2. International System of Units

Weight, volume and distance[edit]

  1. Kilogram
  2. Litre
  3. Metre


  1. Calendar
    1. Gregorian calendar
  2. Clock
  3. Second
  4. Day
  5. Year
  6. Time zone


  1. Science
  2. Nature



Biological processes[edit]

  1. Metabolism
    1. Digestion
    2. Photosynthesis
    3. Breathing
  2. Evolution
  3. Reproduction
    1. Pregnancy
    2. Sex



Health and medicine[edit]


Earth science[edit]



Food and agriculture[edit]


  1. Agriculture
    1. Irrigation
    2. Plough




Arts and recreation[edit]


  1. History

Prehistory and ancient world[edit]

Middle Ages and Early Modern[edit]





Bodies of water[edit]

Mountains and deserts[edit]

  1. Alps
  2. Andes
  3. Himalayas
    1. Mount Everest
  4. Mount Kilimanjaro
  5. Rocky Mountains
  6. Sahara