The Relative Importance of the European Languages

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The Relative Importance of the European Languages. / Hjorth-Andersen, Christian.

Cph. : Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, 2006.

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Hjorth-Andersen, C. (2006). The Relative Importance of the European Languages. Cph.: Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.

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Hjorth-Andersen C. The Relative Importance of the European Languages. Cph.: Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen. 2006.

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Hjorth-Andersen, Christian. / The Relative Importance of the European Languages. Cph. : Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, 2006.

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