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Local chapters are self-dependent organizations that share the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation and support them within a specified geographical region. They support the Wikimedia Foundation, the Wikimedia community and the Wikimedia projects in different ways - by collecting donations, organizing local events and projects and spreading the word of Wikimedia and Free Culture. They also provide the volunteer community and potential partners and supporters with a point of contact capable of fulfilling specific local needs.
 
Local chapters are self-dependent organizations that share the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation and support them within a specified geographical region. They support the Wikimedia Foundation, the Wikimedia community and the Wikimedia projects in different ways - by collecting donations, organizing local events and projects and spreading the word of Wikimedia and Free Culture. They also provide the volunteer community and potential partners and supporters with a point of contact capable of fulfilling specific local needs.
   
If you have questions about local chapters or want to start one in your country, please don't hesitate to contact the [[m:Chapters committee|Chapters committee]].
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If you have questions about local chapters or want to start one in your country, please don't hesitate to contact the [[m:Chapters committee|Chapters committee]]. For more information about existing and planned local chapters, please see the [[m:Wikimedia chapters|Wikimedia chapters]] page on Meta.
   
 
''Please note that the local chapters are independent associations with no legal control of or responsibility for the websites of the Wikimedia Foundation or vice versa.''
 
''Please note that the local chapters are independent associations with no legal control of or responsibility for the websites of the Wikimedia Foundation or vice versa.''

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World map showing countries that have local chapters in blue.

The Wikimedia projects have an international scope, and the Wikimedia movement has already made a significant impact throughout the world. To continue this success on an organizational level, Wikimedia is building an international network of associated organizations. There are currently 41 Wikimedia chapters.

Local chapters are self-dependent organizations that share the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation and support them within a specified geographical region. They support the Wikimedia Foundation, the Wikimedia community and the Wikimedia projects in different ways - by collecting donations, organizing local events and projects and spreading the word of Wikimedia and Free Culture. They also provide the volunteer community and potential partners and supporters with a point of contact capable of fulfilling specific local needs.

If you have questions about local chapters or want to start one in your country, please don't hesitate to contact the Chapters committee. For more information about existing and planned local chapters, please see the Wikimedia chapters page on Meta.

Please note that the local chapters are independent associations with no legal control of or responsibility for the websites of the Wikimedia Foundation or vice versa.

Argentina Argentina: Wikimedia Argentina

Wikimedia Argentina, founded on 1 September 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the Argentinian Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation and a non-profit association run upon the Civil Code of Argentina. Official website: www.wikimedia.org.ar

Australia Australia: Wikimedia Australia

Wikimedia Australia is a non-profit incorporated body incorporated in the state of Victoria in August 2008. It was approved by the Wikimedia Foundation on 1st March 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.org.au

Austria Austria: Wikimedia Österreich

Wikimedia Österreich was founded in February 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.at

Brazil Brazil: Wikimedia Brasil

Instituto Wikimedia Brasil has been approved as the future Brasilian Chapter approved by the Wikimedia Foundation in October 2008. It will officially become a Wikimedia chapter after incorporation. Official website: www.wikimedia.org.br or page on Meta-Wiki

Czech Republic Czech Republic: Wikimedia Česká republika

Wikimedia Česká republika was founded in March 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.cz.

France France: Wikimédia France

Wikimédia France, founded on 23 October 2004, in Paris, is a non-profit association run upon the French law of July 1901. Official website: www.wikimedia.fr

Germany Germany: Wikimedia Deutschland

Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V. (Wikimedia Germany - society for the promotion of free knowledge) was founded on 13 June 2004 in Berlin as Wikimedia's first local chapter. At the end of 2006 the membership association counted more than 300 members. Among other activities Wikimedia Deutschland initiated several important partnerships, for example with Directmedia Publishing, the publisher of the German Wikipedia-DVD, and the Deutsche Bibliothek (German national library). Donations to Wikimedia Deutschland are tax-deductible in Germany. More information on the official website: www.wikimedia.de

Hong Kong Hong Kong: 香港維基媒體協會

Wikimedia Hong Kong Limited (Chinese: 香港維基媒體協會有限公司) is the local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It was founded on 14 July 2007 in Hong Kong, and was officially registered on 18 September 2007. It was recognized by the Foundation on 1 March 2008. More information on the official website in English and Traditional Chinese: www.wikimedia.hk.

Hungary Hungary: Wikimédia Magyarország

Wikimédia Magyarország Egyesület was founded in September 2008, and it was officially registered and recognized by the Foundation in November 2008 with the aim of pursuing the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation as an association of public benefit. Official website: wiki.media.hu

Indonesia Indonesia: Wikimedia Indonesia

Wikimedia Indonesia is a non-profit association incorporated on 5 September 2008 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and approved as Wikimedia chapter on 7 October 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.web.id

Israel Israel: Wikimedia Israel

Wikimedia Israel (Hebrew: ויקימדיה-ישראל, Arabic: ويكيمديا إسرائيل) is the Israeli chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was officially registered on 26 June 2007, after an organizing process that began on 15 December 2006, when the idea was brought before the local Wikimedian community in one of its conferences. Official website in Hebrew, Arabic and English: www.wikimedia.org.il

Italy Italy: Wikimedia Italia

Wikimedia Italia - Associazione per la diffusione della conoscenza libera is the Italian Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, formed on 17 June 2005, in Canino. Official website: www.wikimedia.it

The Netherlands Netherlands: Wikimedia Nederland

Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland is the Dutch chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was founded on 27 March 2006 in Eindhoven. Official website: nl.wikmedia.org

Norway Norway: Wikimedia Norge/Noreg/Norga

Wikimedia Norge (Bokmål; Nynorsk Wikimedia Noreg, Northern Sami Wikimedia Norga) is the Norwegian Wikimedia chapter. It was founded on 23 June 2007, and registered in September 2008. Official website: no.wikimedia.org

Poland Poland: Wikimedia Polska

Stowarzyszenie Wikimedia Polska (Wikimedia Polska Association) is the Polish Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was formed on 14 August 2005, and registered three months later, on 18 November. Official website: pl.wikimedia.org

Russia Russia: Викимедиа Россия

Викимедиа РУ (Wikimedia RU) was approved in May 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.ru

Serbia Serbia: Wikimedia Србије

Wikimedia Србије is the Serbian Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was formed on 3 December 2005, and it was registered almost two months later. Official website: rs.wikimedia.org

Sweden Sweden: Wikimedia Sverige

Wikimedia Sverige is the Swedish chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was formed on 20 October 2007, and approved on 11 December 2007. Official website: se.wikimedia.org

Switzerland Switzerland: Wikimedia CH

Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens is the Swiss Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was established in Olten on 14 May 2006. Official website: www.wikimedia.ch

Republic of China Taiwan: 中華民國維基媒體協會

Wikimedia Taiwan (Chinese: 中華民國維基媒體協會) is the Taiwan Chapter of Wikimedia Foundation. It was officially registered on Feburary 11, 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan, after an organization process that began in Feburary 19, 2006. It was approved by the Wikimedia Foundation as a Wikimedia Chapter on July 4, 2007. The official website is http://www.wikimedia.tw/wiki and will be available in both Chinese and English.

United Kingdom United Kingdom: Wikimedia UK

Wiki UK Ltd, d/b/a Wikimedia UK is the United Kingdom Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was founded in November 2008 and formally recognised by the Foundation in January 2009. Official website: www.wikimedia.org.uk