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  • Thu-Huong Ha
By Thu-Huong Ha

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Who was mad at whom at the start of World War II? Or right now in Westeros, for that matter?

Questions about TV, news, or history would once require dusty Britannica volumes. Now, we have Wikipedia. The world’s 7th most-used site turns 15 years old today, but even for those who remember the days of print encyclopedias, it’s hard to imagine life without it. (Particularly when you can’t recall what happened in The Phantom Menace.)

Data published by Wikipedia shows that across the world, the crowd-sourced encyclopedia has become an important resource for both history and entertainment. Indeed, the two topics are often intertwined.

For example, last year in Korean, Princess Jeongmyeong was a top page on the site. Not coincidentally, the 17th-century princess is the subject of historical drama Hwajeong (Splendid Politics), which premiered in April. In Turkish, the page for the Ottoman female sultan Kösem also ranked high in 2015. This is consistent with the premiere last year of Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem, sequel to the popular show Muhteşem Yüzyıl (The Magnificent Century). Views of the page on Chinese empress Wu Zetian were high as well—matching the first season of The Empress of China, which began in December of 2014.

But television did not have to mirror history to be a popular search. Elsewhere, in German, The Big Bang Theory ranked high, and Game of Thrones ranked among the top 10 most searched pages in English, French, German, and Russian. The Walking Dead was also popular in French and German.

Other popular sites from last year include country pages, especially the United States, major historical events, especially World War II, and company pages, especially the article on Facebook.

There are a total of 280 languages represented on Wikipedia. Here are 2015’s top 10 pages, grouped according to 11 of the site’s most popular languages.

English

RankPageCategoryPage views
1Deaths in 2015News20,686,307
2FacebookCompany10,769,172
3Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantNews10,376,941
4List of Bollywood films of 2015Entertainment10,162,922
5Star Wars: The Force AwakensEntertainment9,776,057
6United StatesCountry9,507,671
7GoogleCompany9,158,202
8Game of ThronesEntertainment8,866,627
9Chris KyleHistory8,715,030
102015 in filmEntertainment8,607,591

German

RankPageCategoryPage views
1Deaths in 2015News5,665,218
2GermanyCountry4,138,684
3Game of ThronesEntertainment2,736,556
4WikipediaCompany2,353,511
5Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantNews1,868,121
6The Walking DeadEntertainment1,621,908
7BerlinCity1,514,738
8United StatesCountry1,470,324
9SwitzerlandCountry1,435,020
10The Big Bang TheoryEntertainment1,403,674

Chinese

RankPageCategoryPage views
1Running ManEntertainment4,300,504
2ChinaCountry1,704,741
3I Am a Singer (Season 3)Entertainment1,231,304
4List of Asian porn actressesEntertainment1,148,342
5Korean WarHistory1,104,082
6Xi JinpingWorld leader1,089,417
7English languageLanguage1,087,269
8Wu ZetianHistory1,083,004
9Tiananmen Square protests of 1989History1,064,234
10JapanCountry1,050,415

Spanish

RankPageCategoryPage views
1@ symbolTechnology3,937,534
2VolleyballSports2,988,018
3BasketballSports2,967,799
4Periodic table of elementsScience2,861,992
5World War IIHistory2,783,479
6World War IHistory2,634,661
7United StatesCountry2,571,226
8TechnologyTechnology2,532,323
92015 Copa AméricaSports2,474,473
10FacebookCompany2,452,240

Russian

RankPageCategoryPage views
1RussiaCountry3,677,401
2VKCompany2,739,391
3Game of ThronesEntertainment2,659,847
4Deaths in 2015News2,496,455
5YouTubeCompany2,393,732
6WikipediaCompany2,220,387
7Vladimir PutinWorld leader2,201,633
8ClassmatesCompany2,138,507
9Leviathan (2014 film)Entertainment1,969,443
10UkraineCountry1,925,164

French

RankPageCategoryPage views
1FranceCountry2,046,416
2Game of ThronesEntertainment1,730,278
3List of Naruto: Shippuden episodesEntertainment1,622,682
4Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantNews1,504,886
5FacebookCompany1,500,334
6Victor HugoHistory1,319,792
7The Walking DeadEntertainment1,284,868
8WikiTechnology1,188,429
9ParisCity1,120,021
10United StatesCountry1,046,002

Portuguese

RankPageCategoryPage views
1Coca-ColaCompany1,855,470
2BrazilCountry1,516,032
3List of Naruto: Shippuden episodesEntertainment1,129,455
4Paper sizeDesign866,222
5United StatesCountry851,390
6World War IIHistory805,616
7BasketballSports745,898
8Star WarsEntertainment722,040
9Stephen HawkingScience702,541
10PortugalCountry698,710

Japanese

RankPageCategoryPage views
1WikipediaCompany1,582,076
2Yamaguchi-gumiNews1,568,581
3The Heroic Legend of ArslanEntertainment1,521,682
4Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?Entertainment1,512,217
5JapanCountry1,467,913
6Star WarsEntertainment1,443,131
7Attack on TitanEntertainment1,420,801
8OverlordEntertainment1,376,231
9One PieceEntertainment1,326,186
10Momoiro Clover ZMusic1,270,990

Turkish

RankPageCategoryPage views
12015 Turkey general election pollsNews999,278
2TurkeyCountry973,827
3IstanbulCity776,760
4Suleiman IHistory645,903
5Ottoman EmpireHistory607,942
6Mustafa Kemal AtatürkHistory594,240
7Recep Tayyip ErdoğanWorld leader578,355
8Kösem SultanHistory567,255
9List of sultans of the Ottoman EmpireHistory554,718
10FacebookCompany548,608

Arabic

RankPageCategoryPage views
1MuhammadHistory548,544
2FacebookCompany546,332
3EgyptCountry462,209
4UmarHistory429,166
5YouTubeCompany414,088
6AlgeriaCountry410,668
7Salman bin Abdulaziz Al SaudWorld leader393,602
8Saudi ArabiaCountry385,784
9Suleiman IHistory371,157
10Ottoman EmpireHistory369,572

Korean

RankPageCategoryPage views
1DaumCompany349,400
2KakaoCompany319,674
3South KoreaCountry259,515
4WikipediaCompany248,815
5GoogleCompany212,865
6Roh Moo-hyunHistory160,405
7Six Flying DragonsEntertainment148,362
8Princess JeongmyeongHistory128,230
9FacebookCompany124,019
10Park Chung-heeHistory120,844

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