At the end of every year, we look back at the past 12 months and reflect on the highs and lows of the past year. For some of us, the year can’t end soon enough while others are disappointed that a terrific year must come to a close.

However, one thing that remains the same for everyone is that as one year comes to an end, a new one is just beginning. This means New Year’s resolutions, January sales and a fresh start for everyone.

Many people like to mark the coming of the New Year in different ways such as fireworks or a few drinks with friends and family, but regardless of your traditions and preferences New Year’s celebrations are significant for everybody. This is why it’s nice to wish the people you know a happy New Year as you’re not just wishing them an enjoyable time on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, but expressing a hope that the year to come will be filled with happiness and good fortune.

Would you like to be able to say ‘Happy New Year’ in European languages?

Then check out this map and learn how to express your best New Year wishes to your international friends.

The colouring shows etymological relations among the translations of the word “year” and does not always correspond to language families. For example, even though Polish and Russian are both Slavic languages, they are coloured differently because the corresponding translations of the word “year” are not based on the same root.

Albanian: Gëzuar Vitin e Ri
Basque: Urte berri on
Belarusian: З Новым годам
Breton: Bloavezh mat
Bulgarian: Честита Нова Година
Catalan: Feliç/Bon any (nou)
Croatian: Sretna Nova godina
Czech: Šťastný nový rok
Danish Godt nytår
Dutch: Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
English: Happy New Year
Estonian: Head uut aastat
Finnish: Hyvää uutta vuotta or Onnellista uutta vuotta
Frisian (West): Gelokkich Nijjier
Galician: Feliz aninovo
German: Schönes/Frohes/Gutes neues Jahr or Guten Rutsch (ins neue Jahr)
Greek: Καλή χρονιά
Hungarian: Boldog új évet
Icelandic: Farsælt or gleðilegt followed by komandi or nýtt ár
Irish: Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit
Italian: Felice anno nuovo or Buon anno
Latvian: Laimīgu jauno gadu
Lithuanian: Laimingų naujųjų metų
Luxembourgish: Glécklecht neit Joer
Macedonian: Среќна Нова Година
Maltese: Is-Sena t-Tajba
Norwegian: Godt nytt år
Romanian: Un An Nou fericit or La mulți ani (general phrase)
Occitan: Bonna annada
Polish: Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese: Feliz ano novo
Russian: С Новым годом
Sami (Northern): Buore ođđajagi
Sami (Southern): Buerie orrejaepie
Sami (Lule): Buorre ådåjahke
Sardinian: Bon’annu nou
Scottish Gaelic: Bliadhna mhath ùr
Serbian: Srećna Nova godina or Срећна Нова година
Slovak: Šťastný nový rok
Slovene: Srečno novo leto
Spanish: Feliz Año Nuevo or Próspero Año Nuevo after Feliz Navidad
Swedish: Gott nytt år
Ukrainian: З Новим роком
Welsh: Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

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