The Universal Bible Fellowship (UBS), which works to ensure that as many people as possible have access to the Bible in their mother tongue, published its 2017 Report on Access to Scripture in the World on March 8.
According to the report, at the end of 2017, 674 languages, including Klingon, the Star Trek language, had access to the full Bible, 49 more than in previous years.
While according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is now available in more than 500 languages with the addition in 2016 of Quechua from northern Bolivia.
UNESCO has an online database called “Index Translationum”. This database, created in 1932, lists all the books translated worldwide. Agatha Christie (7,233 translations), Jules Verne (4,751 translations) and William Shakespeare (4,293 translations) are the three greatest translated authors according to recent translation statistics.
Other interesting figures will follow…