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European anthem

Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy', without lyrics, became the EU's official anthem in 1985. Listen and read more here.

Europe Day

Europe Day is held on 9 May every year. This day marks the anniversary of the historic 'Schuman declaration' and celebrates peace and unity in Europe.

European Flag

The European flag symbolises both the European Union and, more broadly, the identity and unity of Europe.

EU motto

United in diversity' was adopted as the European Union's motto in 2000. Learn more here.

Further information