This is an HTML static (no images)  version of Wikipedia in Simple English.
Download the entire archive (no adv.) here
or go to the Wikipedia for Schools multilingual Project (english, french, spanish, portuguese)

Main Page

From the Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can change

Welcome to Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia that anyone can change.
Simple English Wikipedia has 31,020 articles and 20,107 users right now.

How to write in Simple English · Useful pages · Simple talk · Categories · Help
Schools Gateway (for users wanting to make changes from schools)

About us
What to do
  • Use easy words and shorter sentences. This lets people who know little English read them.
  • Write good pages, with care. The best encyclopedia pages have useful information. They are also carefully written.
  • Use the pages to learn and teach. These pages can help people learn English. You can also use them to make a new Wikipedia to help other people, if you change the words to your own language.
Selected article
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was born in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920 as Karol Józef Wojtyła and died on April 2, 2005. He was Pope, Bishop of Rome, head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Sovereign of Vatican City. He was Pope for 27 years, the second longest serving Pope. Saint Peter, the first Pope, is not counted as an elected Pope.

The longest serving pope was 19th-century Pope Pius IX who held the office for 31 years and seven months. The third longest Pope was Pope Leo XIII who held the office from 1878 to 1903.

In 1938 Karol Wojtyla chose to become a professional actor and he took acting classes. In July 1939, he did the basic mandatory 2 months army training for college bound men. After the death of his father, John Paul entered the Krakow Seminary in 1941 and was ordained a priest by Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha on November 1, 1946. A few years later he was elected Bishop, Arch-Bishop, and Poland's youngest Cardinal. He was in charge of the Second Vatican Council. His writings and ideas were an influence on the Council's decisions.

Knowledge Groups

Applied Sciences

Agriculture (growing crops) - Architecture (buildings) - Communication - Electronics - Engineering - Health - Industry - Medicine - Transport - Weather

People and Social Studies

Anthropology (study of people) - Archaeology (history of civilization) - Geography - Education - History - Language - Philosophy (abstract ideas) - Psychology - Sociology - Teaching

Daily life, Art and Culture

Animation - Art - Book - Cooking - Custom - Culture - Dance - Family - Games - Gardening - Leisure (free time) - Movies and films - Music - Radio - Sports - Theater - Travel - Television

Natural Sciences and Maths

Algebra - Astronomy (stars and space) - Biology (animals and plants) - Chemistry - Computer science - Earth science - Ecology - Geometry - Mathematics - Physics - Statistics - Zoology (study of animals)

Government and Law

Copyright - Defense - Economics (trade and business) - Government - Human rights - Laws - Military - Politics - Trade

Religions and beliefs

Atheism - Bahá'í - Buddhism - Christianity - Esotericism - Hinduism - Islam - Jainism - Judaism - Mythology - Paganism - Sect - Sikhism - Taoism - Theology

Wikipedia in other languages

100 000 +
10 000 +

العربية (Arabic)  •  Българ?ки (Bulgarian)  •  Bosanski (Bosnian)  •  Català (Catalan)  •  Cymraeg (Welsh)  •  Dansk (Danish)  •  Ελληνικά (Greek)  •  Esperanto  •  Eesti (Estonian)  •  Euskara (Basque)  •  Galego (Galician)  •  עברית (Hebrew)  •  हिन?दी (Hindi)  •  Hrvatski (Croatian)  •  Magyar (Hungarian)  •  Ido  •  Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)  •  ?slenska (Icelandic)  •  Basa Jawa (Javanese)  •  한국어 (Korean)  •  Latina (Latin)  •  Lëtzebuergesch (Luxembourgish)  •  Lietuvių (Lithuanian)  •  Latviešu (Latvian)  •  Bahasa Melayu (Malay)  •  Plattdüütsch (Low Saxon)  •  Norsk (Norwegian Nynorsk)  •  ?ارسی (Persian)  •  Sicilianu (Sicilian)  •  Sloven?ina (Slovak)  •  Slovenš?ina (Slovenian)  •  Срп?ки (Serbian)  •  Basa Sunda (Sundanese)  •  தமிழ? (Tamil)  •  ไทย (Thai)  •  Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)

1 000 +
100 +

Sister projects

in Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary
Simple English Wiktionary
Dictionary and thesaurus
Simple English Wikibooks
Simple English Wikibooks
Free textbooks and manuals
Simple English Wikiquote
Simple English Wikiquote
Collection of quotes

in English

English Wikipedia
English Wiktionary
English Wiktionary
Dictionary and thesaurus
English Wikibooks
English Wikibooks
Free textbooks and manuals
English Wikiquote
Simple English Wikiquote
Collection of quotes
The free library
Directory of species
Free news source
Learning communities
Shared media
Wikimedia project coordination

Wikipedia in the news: Google NewsYahoo! NewsBBC News

Web Analytics