Using Language Metatags

Writing language meta tags for SEO

The language metatag is used to indicate which natural language your website is in (e.g. English, French, etc.) as opposed to the coding language (such as html).

If your website is all in one language, then search engines will easily be able to identify which language it is in and therefore this metatag is not necessary. If your website is written in more than one language (e.g. French and English), then it's best to include this metatag on each page to tell search engines which language that specific page is written in.

Here is a list of commonly spoken languages and their code for this meta tag:

To use this metatag, enter the following html below the first <head> tag and above the </head> tag, replacing the XX with the desired language code.

<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Language" content="XX">

So, for example, to signal that the web page is in English, you would enter the following:

<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Language" content="EN">

Code Language
BG Bulgarian
CS Czech
DA Danish
DE German
EL Greek
EN English
EN-GB English-Great Britain
EN-US English-United States
ES Spanish
ES-ES Spanish-Spain
FI Finnish
FR French
FR-CA French-Quebec
FR-FR French-France
HR Croatian
IT Italian
JA Japanese
KO Korean
NL Dutch
NO Norwegian
PL Polish
PT Portuguese
RU Russian
SV Swedish
ZH Chinese