Created by the [[Spain|Spanish]] government in [] the '''Instituto Cervantes''' is a worldwide non-profit organisation dedicated to the teaching of [[Spanish language|Spanish]] as a second language, as well as the promotion of [[Culture of Spain|Spanish]] and Hispanic American culture throughout non-Spanish-speaking countries. Its head offices are located in [[Madrid]] and [[Alcalá de Henares]], the birthplace of [[Miguel de Cervantes]], the author of the [[Don Quixote]] novel.
The Instituto Cervantes is present in over thirty different countries with 60 centres in all.
[[1998 ]] the Instituto Cervantes has published the annual ''El español en el mundo'' highlighting the state of Spanish in the world, and current trends. The Instituto has also run the [[Internet]]-based Centro Virtual Cervantes since [[1997 ]].
==Origin of name==
Instituto Cervantes is named after [[Miguel de Cervantes]] (
[[1547 ]]– [[1616 ]]), the author of [[Don Quixote]] and perhaps the most important figure in the history of [[Spanish literature]].
[[Category:Prince of Asturias Award winners]]▼
[[Category:Prince of Asturias Award winners]]