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List of articles every Wikipedia should have

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Important note: 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.

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.

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. Until then, links to corresponding Wikidata objects are provided, 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 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.

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

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).

Thanks to Wikidata it's also 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.
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Recent changes
Date Adding Removing
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 120
Philosophy and psychology 18 18 TBD 25
World view and religion 21 25 TBD 46
Social sciences 71 70 TBD 93
Language and literature 43 46 TBD 36
Arts and recreation 73 75 TBD 84
Measurements 19 12 TBD 0
Science 195 257 TBD 250
* Astronomy 22 22 TBD 26
* Biology 118 83 TBD 104
* Health and medicine 34 38 TBD 42
* Chemistry 27 27 TBD 36
* Earth science 21 21 TBD 19
* Physics 36 39 TBD 41
* Mathematics 22 25 TBD 61
Food and agriculture 34 34 TBD 21
Technology 69 67 TBD 106
History 40 46 TBD 62
Geography 148 146 TBD 87
Total 1000 1000 1000 972

Count checked: 16:16, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

How to use this listEdit

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.


Artists and architectsEdit

Authors, playwrights and poetsEdit

Composers and musiciansEdit

Explorers and travelersEdit

Film directors, screenwriters and actorsEdit

Inventors, scientists and mathematiciansEdit

Philosophers and social scientistsEdit

Political leadersEdit

Religious figures and theologiansEdit

  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 and psychologyEdit

World view and religionEdit

Social sciencesEdit

Language and literatureEdit



  1. Science
  2. Nature



Biological processesEdit

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



Health and medicineEdit


Earth scienceEdit



Food and agricultureEdit


Arts and recreationEdit



This section is for geographical concepts and for specific places.

  1. Geography
  2. City
  3. Continent
  4. Forest
  5. Mountain
  6. Desert
  7. North Pole
  8. Ocean
  9. River
  10. Sea
  11. South Pole

Continents and major regionsEdit

  1. Africa
  2. Antarctica
  3. Asia
  4. Europe
  5. Middle East
  6. North America
  7. Oceania
  8. South America



Bodies of waterEdit

Mountains and desertsEdit

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