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Did you know that EU Member States keep their national anthems upon accession?

The EU does not have a national anthem as such, as the EU is not a nation state but an international organization. However, in 1985 the EU heads of State and government adopted the Council of Europe's (an organization not related to the EU) anthem as its own.

The melody comes from the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, composed in 1823, and more commonly known as the “Ode to Joy” (de. Ode an die Freude), a title derived from a poem by Friedrich von Schiller, written in 1785.

The song is not intended to replace the national anthems of the Member States but rather to celebrate the values they all share and their unity in diversity.

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