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"Local chapter/s" redirects here. To see other possible uses, see Chapters, a disambiguation page.

Wikimedia chapters are independent organizations founded to support and promote the Wikimedia projects within a specified geographical region (country). Like the Wikimedia Foundation, they aim to "empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally". 40 chapters currently exist, with at least one Chapter on every continent of the world (except Antarctica).

This page lists current and planned chapters. Please see the Step-by-step chapter creation guide and the Local chapter FAQ for more information. An Affiliations Committee exists to aid the creation of, and to support, local chapters.

Some of the chapters have an office.

Find an overview of Chapter-related Meta pages on Chapters Portal.

Existing chapters, both founded (dark blue) and approved (dark turquoise), planned chapters (green), and chapters in discussion (light blue) as of 29 November 2013.


Existing chapters

There are currently 40 recognised Wikimedia chapters. See also the list of Wikimedia chapters that joined the WCA.

Planned chapters[edit]

Chapters in active preparation to become a Local Chapter. Please provide a link to a page on meta with more detailed information (with a short summary in English) and provide a contact for questions about the present state.

A yellowish background means chapters are currently in active contact (as of the "last update" date) with the Affiliations Committee;
A light grey background means awaiting an update (from the proposed Chapter? from AffCom?)
A light blue background means the AffCom has asked the Board to approve the Chapter's formation.
country code Chapter Status Articles of Incorporation
/ Statute
Website Mailing list Contact Last update
Icons-flag-be.png BE Wikimedia Belgium Reviewing bylaws with AffCom, see Legal Founding fr en nl wmbe: WikimediaBE-l #wikimedia-be, MADe, Romaine
Follow us on Twitter! Follow us on Twitter!
Icons-flag-bo.png BO Wikimedia Bolivia Finished the correction to the observations of AffCom en, es
FB:Wikimedia Bolivia
@wikimedia_bo Jduranboger (en, es)
Alhen (en, es)
Icons-flag-cr.png CR Wikimedia Costa Rica Writing bylaws In preparation Ralgis (en, es)
Icons-flag-is.png IS Wikimedia Ísland (Wikimedia Iceland) AffCom recommendation sent to the WMF Board. is en Wikimedia Ísland WikiIs-l #wikimedia-is, Bjarki S, Svavar Kjarrval 2013-12-17
Icons-flag-sk.png SK Wikimedia Slovakia In active contact with AffCom about recognition sk, version in English in preparation Wikimedia-SK, Wikimedia-SK-oznamy (announcements),
KuboF (President),

Chapters in discussion phase[edit]

You should add here any chapter that is under discussion to be started up. Please provide link to a page (in meta) with more detailed information (at best with a short summary in English) and provide a contact for questions about the present state.

A yellowish background means organizations are currently in active contact (as of the "last update" date) with the Affiliations Committee;
A light grey background means awaiting an update (from the proposed Organization? from AffCom?)
A light blue background means the AffCom has asked the Board to approve the Organization's formation.
country code Chapter Status Articles of Incorporation/
Website Mailing list Contact Last update
Icons-flag-az.png AZ Wikimedia Azerbaijan Writing bylaws / translating to english - Wikimedia Azerbaijan
Mailing list Proger (az, ru, en), talk 2014-02-20
Icons-flag-bw.png BW Wikimedia Botswana Early development - Wikimedia Botswana (doesn't exist yet)

wikimediabw (doesn't exist yet) tn:User:Oarabile Mudongo (kck, tn, en-3, zu-1, sn-1), Facebook, talk, talk 2012-12-19
Icons-flag-by.png BY Wikimedia Belarus In discussion - Wikimedia Belarus

wikimediaby ru:User Talk:Track13 (en, ru, be) ru:User Talk:Pessimist2006 (ru, be) 2010-05-29
Icons-flag-bg.png BG Wikimedia Bulgaria In discussion - info-l See Wikimedians of Bulgaria 2014-04-18
Icons-flag-ci.png CI Wikimedia Côte d'Ivoire In discussion Meta Zenman (talk) 2013-11-15
Icons-flag-co.png CO Wikimedia Colombia Writing bylaws Spanish/English (untranslated) Baiji, Racso or #wikimedia-co 2012-04-04
Icons-flag-dz.png DZ Wikimedia Algeria In discussion to come Meta 2007-07
Icons-flag-eg.png EG Wikimedia Egypt Writing bylaws Proposed by-laws Wikimedia Egypt mail:wikimediaeg-l Mido or/and #wikimedia-eg 2009-03
Icons-flag-ge.png GE Wikimedia Georgia Development. ka info at 2010-12-17
Icons-flag-gr.png GR Wikimedia Greece In discussion research stage Geraki or/and #wikimedia-el 2011-06
Icons-flag-hr.png HR Wikimedia Croatia Formally established under Croatian law on January 17, 2009. hr and en SpeedyGonsales, #wikimedija-hr 2011-01-12
Icons-flag-ie.png IE Wikimedia Ireland In discussion Wikimedia Ireland mail:wikimediaie 2010-08-04
Icons-flag-in.png IN-DL Wikimedia Delhi City Memorandum of Association has been posted on Meta. Wikimedia Delhi City Wikimedia-in-del Vibhijain 2011-06-05
Icons-flag-ir.png IR Wikimedia Iran In discussion Meta 2008-07-07
Icons-flag-kg.png KG Wikimedia Kyrgyzstan In discussion Wikimedia Kyrgyzstan Aidabishkek (en, ru, tr, ky)
Maksat (en, ru, ky)
Icons-flag-kr.png KR Wikimedia South Korea (tentative name) Waiting to approve for submit translations of Bylaws(as chapter) from AffCom ko (draft) * Documents (written in Korean): Meta, legacy pages on ko-WP (1, 2) mail:wikimedia-kr The Executive Committee of the South Korean chapter:
  • Anyone in the member list
  • (mail to all executive members)
Icons-flag-kz.png KZ Wikimedia Kazakhstan Reviewing bylaws with AffCom. No currently ongoing communication. en Ashina, Alash, Rauank 2012-08-05
Icons-flag-lt.png LT Wikimedia Lietuva Stopped at discussion phase none none 2009-12-10
Icons-flag-my.png MY Wikimedia Malaysia Early development Research stage Wikimedia Malaysia (on meta) Talk:Wikimedia Malaysia 2009-01-12
Icons-flag-np.png NP Wikimedia Nepal Community Approved Draft By-Laws in Nepali Now in Lawyer's revision/ By-laws translation into English Affcom studying on proposal Wikimedia Nepal (on meta)
F:Wikimedia Nepal; Rajesh Pandey
Ganesh Paudel
Saroj K. Dhakal (en, hi, ne)
Nirmal Dulal (en, hi, ne)
Icons-flag-ro.png RO Wikimedia România Early stages (planning) ro, en (drafts) (currently a portal) WikimediaRO-l IulianU or Razool 2005-09-26
Icons-flag-sa.png SA Wikimedia Saudi Arabia Early development Wikimedia Saudi Arabia Alrwaikm 2008-12-26
Icons-flag-sg.png SG Wikimedia Singapore Early development - Wikimedia Singapore Wikimedia-SG Mailing list or #wikimedia-sgconnect 2011-04-27
Icons-flag-si.png SI Wikimedia Slovenia In discussion Writing first draft Wikimedia Slovenia on meta / w:sl:Wikipedija:Društvo on none yet Wikimedia Slovenia or
Icons-flag-tr.png TR Wikimedia Türkiye In discussion Early development Wikimedia Türkiye on Meta / wikimedia-tr #wikimedia-tr 2011-11-01
Flag of Massachusetts.svg US-BOS Wikimedia Boston In discussion pending Meta None yet Kevin Rutherford 2011-12-22
Flag of California.svg US-CA Wikimedia California In discussion, drafting bylaws pending Meta wikimedia-california Geoff Plourde 2010-05-05
Icons-flag-us.png US-MIW Wikimedia Midwest US In discussion Meta


Varnent (talk) 2012-06-22
Icons-flag-us.png US-PA Wikimedia Pennsylvania Stalled. In talks with Wikimedia New York City to become part of that organization. en Wikimediapa-l Cbrown1023 talk, SB_Johnny, Whiteknight, or #wikimedia-pa 2009-04-29

Ideas for chapters[edit]

See the Local chapter FAQ to understand what a local chapter is, and what it entails to create a new one. If you wish to create a local chapter, follow the step-by-step chapter creation guide. In case you have any questions, contact the Affiliations Committee.

In Europe[edit]

In North America[edit]

In Asia[edit]

  • Wikimedia Pakistan
  • Wikimedia Japan – 設立の是非について投票中です。 The page reads "There are currently no active arguments to establish a local Japanese chapter, mainly because very few Japanese language community members are interested in it. Lack of legal knowledge and accounting skills amongst the community is also a large contributing factor."
  • Wikimedia Mainland China – 准备讨论 zh:Wikipedia:中国维基媒体协会/筹备 The former page is a list of legal requirements, the latter is a discussion of creating the chapter, though discussion seems to have mostly died in 2009.
  • Wikimedia Nepal विकिमिडिया नेपाल is recognized as a user group Wikimedians of Nepal on 29th May, 2013. Now it is in the way of becoming national chapter. Wikipedia was begun in Nepal on June 3, 2002 with Nepali Wikipedia. Now Wikipedias are avaible in 5 languages spoken in Nepal. Wikimedia Nepal begun regular meetups and discussions from 17th July, 2010. It has been organizing outreach and various programs to promote Wikipedia in Nepal.

In Africa[edit]

In Oceania[edit]

In South America[edit]

In Central America[edit]

Composition of chapters[edit]

See also Wikimedia chapters/Summaries. This list may be partially outdated; provided in alphabetical order by country codes:

Wikimedia Armenia[edit]

Wikimedia Argentina[edit]


Wikimedia Österreich (Austria)[edit]

English: elected 2012-12-01.

Wikimedia Australia (Australia)[edit]

Čeština: Složení komise(anglicky) (18-07-2013):
English: Committee (elected 23 November 2013):

Wikimedia Bangladesh (Bangladesh)[edit]

Wikimedia Canada (Canada)[edit]

Wikimedia CH (Switzerland)[edit]

Wikimedia Chile[edit]

Wikimedia Česká republika (Czechia)[edit]

Čeština: Správní rada a auditoři byly zvoleni v dubnu 2013 na dva roky.
English: Board and Audit committee elected on April 2013 for two years.

Board Members

Audit committee

Wikimedia Deutschland (Germany)[edit]

Čeština: (zvoleni 24. listopadu 2012, funkční období do listopadu 2013)
English: (elected on November 24, 2012 - until Nov. 2013)

historical development of the german Wikimedia board

Wikimedia Danmark (Denmark)[edit]

Board Members


Wikimedia Eesti (Estonia)[edit]

Board Members:

Audit committee:

Wikimedia España (Spain)[edit]

Wikimedia Suomi (Finland)[edit]

Effective 2014-01-01.

Wikimédia France (France)[edit]

Čeština: Rada zvolena 26. říjen 2013
English: Board elected on October 26, 2013
Français : Conseil d’administration élu le 26 octobre 2013
Čeština: Podívejte se také na životopisy členů rady (francouzsky).

Wikimedia UK (United Kingdom)[edit]

See wmuk:board for a current list and biographies of board members.

Wikimedia Hong Kong (Hong Kong)[edit]

  • Rover WONG, president
  • Ivy WONG, deputy president
  • Vincent TSUI, secretary
  • Tango CHAN, treasurer
  • Alexander CHEUNG, director & commissioner for outreach
  • Carol TANG, director & commissioner for communication

Wikimédia Magyarország (Hungary)[edit]

Elected on December 1, 2012.

Wikimedia Indonesia (Indonesia)[edit]

Čeština: Správní rada (2011-2012)
English: The administrative board (2011-2012)

Board of Trustees

Board of Executives

Wikimedia Israel (Israel)[edit]

  • Audit committee
    • Oved Cohen
    • Ido Ivri

Wikimedia India (India)[edit]

Čeština: Biografické údaje jednotlivých členů najdete na stránce Wikimedia India Chapter Executive Committee Members
English: For biographical summaries, please visit Wikimedia India Chapter Executive Committee Members

Wikimedia Italia (Italy)[edit]

Wikimedia Macedonia (Macedonia)[edit]

Čeština: Podle zákonů Makedonie je název organizace psán cyrilicí jako Викимедија Македонија, pro mezinárodní použití je název organizace Wikimedia Macedonia.
English: According to Macedonian laws, the name of organization is written in cyrilic: Викимедија Македонија, for international use the name of organization is Wikimedia Macedonia.



Executive Board:

Supervisory Board:

Wikimedia Macau[edit]

Čeština: Podívejte se seznam na oficiální stránce pobočky (v tradiční čínštině).
English: See this list in the official website (Traditional Chinese).

Wikimedia México (Mexico)[edit]

English: Updated 2013-02-13

Wikimedia Nederland (Netherlands)[edit]

Čeština: Nová rada byla zvolena 23. března 2013, její aktivní období začalo v polovině dubna. Současní členové rady jsou:
English: A new board was elected on March 23rd 2013, with the official transition in mid April. The current members of the board:
  • Ziko van Dijk, presidentinternational affairs (mail)
  • Frans Grijzenhout, secretary
  • Paul Becherer, treasurer
  • Ad Huikeshoven
  • Jan Anton Brouwer

Wikimedia Norge (Norway)[edit]

Čeština: Aktualizováno 2013-04-22
English: Updated 2013-04-22
  • Jon Harald Søby – chairman
  • Erlend Bjørtvedt – deputy chairman
  • Jarle Vines – board member
  • Knut Hjelleset – board member
  • Anne C Martens – board member
  • Trond Trosterud – board member
  • Claes Tande – board member
  • Harald Groven – assistant member of the board
  • Hogne Neteland – assistant member of the board
  • Dan Michael Heggø Olsen – assistant member of the board

Wikimedia Philippines (Philippines)[edit]

Čeština: Úředníci, kteří nejsou členy správní rady:
English: Officer who is not a member of the Board of Trustees:

Wikimedia Polska (Poland)[edit]

Wikimedia Portugal (Portugal)[edit]

Čeština: (zvoleni 18. prosince 2011, konec funkčního období v prosinci 2013)
English: (elected on December 18, 2011 - until December 2013)


General Assembly

Supervisory Board

Викимедија Србије (Serbia)[edit]

Викимедиа РУ (Russia)[edit]

Čeština: Podívejte se na stránku kontakty na oficiální stránce pobočky (v ruštině).
English: See the contact list in the official website (Russian).

Wikimedia Sverige (Sweden)[edit]

Wikimedia Taiwan (Taiwan)[edit]

Wikimedia Ukraine (Вікімедіа Україна) (Ukraine)[edit]

Wikimedia District of Columbia, United States[edit]

Wikimedia New York City, United States[edit]

Wikimedia Uruguay[edit]


Wikimedia Venezuela[edit]

Wikimedia South Africa[edit]

Čeština: Podívejte se na stránku pobočky Wikimedia South Africa.
English: See the chapter's page.

Inter-chapter initiatives[edit]

See also: Interchapter groups



Mailing lists and wikis[edit]

Apart from public mailing lists (most notably Chapters-reports) and websites listed elsewhere, there are two main private channels for communication and coordination among chapters, which existing chapters must follow and participate in:

  • Internal wiki[17] and Internal-l – Local Chapters, board and officers coordination: each chapter can subscribe an unlimited number of board members (as of 13th August 2010), with an e-mail to the list admin by the president; additional members can be subscribed following the usual procedure (endorsement by a subscribed person + consensus on wiki);
  • Chapters wiki[18] and chapters mailinglist[19] for discussions and decisions among chapters: each chapter can subscribe unlimited board members (and some staffer) and an email by the president of the chapter to the list admins with the list of email addresses to add/remove is the usual process; there are also other lists for working groups, generally subsets of the previous one, apart some more open lists (e.g. GLAM).

See also[edit]


  1. Is the chapter formally recognized as a Nonprofit organization under its nation's laws? "n/a" should be used if the country's laws do not recognize a nonprofit status.
  2. Letters Patent
  3. Applying for charitable status as well.
  4. A small no profit association doesn't require the formal approval. It's sufficient to follow the law and to have a bylaws compliant with to the law[1][2]. The tax exemption has been formally approved [3].
  5. All associations are non-profit by definition in the Czech republic.
  6. All associations in Spain have Non profit status.
  7. Wikimédia Magyarország is a registered association at the Court and all registered associations are non-profit by definition in Hungary. Wikimédia Magyarország is recognized as "organization for the public benefit" status which means: transparency requirements, tax exemptions, tax deductibility etc.
  8. Based on Wikimedia Indonesia Board of Executive Meeting.
  9. Wikimedia India chapter ( Registered Name: Wikimedia Chapter) is registered as a Non-profit Society vide Registrar of Societies, Bangalore Urban District. However applications to tax-exemption for the society and its donors are still pending.
  10. At the founding team's request, the provisional approval was extended by the WMF executive director until April 2013.
  11. Officialy recognized as Wikimedia México A.C. (civic association) under Mexican laws since February 2013.
  12. There is no separate official non-profit status. However, we have been granted charity status (ANBI) by the tax office since January 2010, which, among other demands, requires that the organization is a non-profit by its bylaws and operates as a non-profit in practice. During 2012 we were busy to prepare the chapter for the CBF certificate for 'small charities'.
  13. Wikimedia Philippines is applying for NGO accreditation and donee institution status (charitable status).
  14. All associations are non-profit by definition in Poland
  15. All organizations in Portugal have Non profit status.
  16. All associations are non-profit by definition in Serbia.