tolingo – a collaborative visionary and pioneertolingo – a collaborative visionary and pioneer
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tolingo translation agency –
Messages with a global impact

tolingo is a leading international translation agency. Since 2007, we have been translating texts into more than 220 language combinations, adapting them for the respective cultural environment and proofreading them down to the very last detail. This results in translations that are both eloquent and extremely precise.

We achieve all of this with proven quality. Because tolingo is one of the very few translation service providers to have earned triple ISO certification: for translation competence, quality management and information security. This is how our 50 employees in Hamburg, together with our 6,000 or so native speakers, ensure that the messages from our clients have global impact.

Did you know that...

...tolingo employs staff from 10 different countries around the world?...tolingo only had 12 square metres of office space when it was founded?
...tolingo once had billboards at Hamburg Airport reading “Willkommen Ihr Spacken” – German for “Welcome, you idiots”?
...a few years ago, tolingo had its own ringtone?
...tolingo throws two company parties a year?
...tolingo is sponsoring a child in Haiti?

tolingo – Our milestones

  • April 2007: The idea of a translation network is born.
  • June 2007: Office (12 square metres in size) in Hamburg’s Sternschanze district.
  • May 2008: Move to office (40 square metres in size) in Hamburg’s Karolinenviertel district.
  • September 2008: Pool of 1,000 professional specialist translators.
  • October 2008: Move to office (200 square metres in size) in Hamburg’s Altona district.
  • August 2009: Pool of 2,500 professional specialist translators.
  • July 2010: Move to office (650 square metres in size) in Hamburg’s Altona district.
  • September 2011: TÜV Süd certificate for DIN EN 15038.
  • July 2012: Redesigned tolingo website launch.
  • March 2015: Move to a newly renovated, modern and centrally located office building
  • right next to Altona railway station.
  • August 2015: TÜV Süd certificate for ISO 17100:2015.
  • June 2016: 50th tolingo employee hired.
  • September 2016: TÜV Süd certificate for ISO 9001:2015.
  • August 2017: 60th tolingo employee hired.
  • September 2017: Passed ISO 17100:2015 certification audit.
  • November 2017: tolingo celebrates 10-year anniversary.
  • July 2018: Named one of the world’s top 100 translation providers.
  • September 2018: TÜV Süd certificate for ISO 27001:2013.
  • April 2019: Website relaunch.
  • April 2019: Slator study confirms: tolingo is a top challenger.  
  • ­­­­­­September 2019:  Product launch Review-Pro ­­­­­– online tool for InDesign review.
  • July 2020: Named one of the world’s top 100 language service providers for 5 years running.
  • September 2020: tolingo was recertified with ISO 17100:2015 after an extensive repeat audit. 
  • November 2020: Recertified with ISO 27001 (data security management), following an extensive repeat audit.
  • March 2022: Jens Völkel, Managing Director since 2012, takes over the majority of shares in tolingo GmbH.

tolingo is one of the top 100 in the world

We are one of the very few professional translation agencies on the international market to have earned triple ISO certification – an achievement which we’re very proud of. In order to maintain our commitment to delivering the highest quality, we undergo annual audits and are certified in accordance with ISO standards.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of all of our internal and external employees to ensure high quality, tolingo has been able to make a name for itself in the competitive market of professional translation service providers. We’ve been named one of the top 100 language service providers in the world for 5 years running.

tolingo is one of the top 100 in the world

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