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.

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
2022-04-02 Trade Japanese Yen
2022-04-02 Table salt Oat
2022-04-02 Shia Islam Sufism
2022-03-18 Citrus Lemon
2022-03-02 Swimming Karate
2022-02-09 Philippines New Zealand
2021-10-27 Earth water cycle Avalanche
2021-09-14 Oceania Insular Oceania
2021-04-07 Heidegger, Martin Chomsky, Noam
2021-04-07 Jackson, Michael Presley, Elvis
Section Version 1.1 Current Number Target Number Vital articles
Biography 216 203 TBD 113
Philosophy 18 13 TBD 18
Religion 21 22 TBD 37
Social sciences 71 77 TBD 135
Language and literature 43 46 TBD 31
Arts and recreation 73 75 TBD 60
Measurements 19 12 TBD 2
Science 195 257 TBD 293
* Astronomy 22 22 TBD 26
* Biology 118 83 TBD 82
* Health and medicine 34 38 TBD 41
* Chemistry 27 26 TBD 32
* Earth science 21 21 TBD 23
* Physics 36 39 TBD 41
* Mathematics 22 26 TBD 45
Food and agriculture 34 35 TBD 22
Technology 69 67 TBD 98
History 40 46 TBD 83
Geography 148 146 TBD 106
Total 1000 1000 1000 998

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.

Six 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), Version 1.4 (1 June 2014), and Version 1.5 (6 February 2022).

Top-priority entries, which are considered 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.

Biography[edit]

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

Philosophy[edit]

Religion[edit]

Social sciences[edit]

Language and literature[edit]

Measurements[edit]

  1. Measurement
  2. International System of Units

Weight, volume and distance[edit]

  1. Kilogram
  2. Litre
  3. Metre

Time[edit]

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

Science[edit]

  1. Science
  2. Nature

Astronomy[edit]

Biology[edit]

Biological processes[edit]

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

Organisms[edit]

Anatomy[edit]

Health and medicine[edit]

Chemistry[edit]

Earth science[edit]

Physics[edit]

Mathematics[edit]

Food and agriculture[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

  1. Agriculture
    1. Irrigation
    2. Plough
    3. Domestication

Food[edit]

Beverages[edit]

Technology[edit]

Arts and recreation[edit]

History[edit]

  1. History

Prehistory and ancient world[edit]

Middle Ages and Early Modern[edit]

Modern[edit]

Geography[edit]

Countries[edit]

Cities[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