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 quadruple 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 Guinea and in Liberia?

tolingo – Our milestones


  • April: The idea of a translation network is born.
  • June: First office (12 square metres in size) in Hamburg’s Sternschanze district.


  • May: Move to office (40 square metres in size) in Hamburg’s Karolinenviertel district.
  • September: Pool of 1,000 professional specialist translators.
  • October: Move to office (200 square metres in size) in Hamburg’s Altona district.


  • August: Pool of 2,500 professional specialist translators.


  • July: Move to office (650 square metres in size) in Hamburg’s Altona district.


  • September: TÜV Süd certificate for DIN EN 15038.


  • July: Website relaunch.


  • March: Move to a new location within Hamburg-Altona.
  • August: TÜV Süd certificate for ISO 17100:2015.


  • July: For the first time, tolingo is among the top 100 translation service providers worldwide.
  • September: TÜV Süd certificate for ISO 9001:2015.


  • September: Passed ISO 17100:2015 certification audit.
  • November: 10-year company anniversary.


  • September: TÜV Süd certificate for ISO 27001:2013.


  • April: Website relaunch.
  • April: Slator study confirms: tolingo is a top challenger in the international translation market.


  • July: Named one of the world’s top 100 language service providers for 5 years running.
  • September: TÜV recertification according to ISO 17100:2015.
  • November: TÜV recertification: ISO 27001 for information security.


  • March: Jens Völkel, Managing Director since 2012, takes over the majority of shares in tolingo GmbH.
  • June: New product and service portfolio goes live.

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 quadruple 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. The seal covers the last 5 years. tolingo also ranked among the Global Top 100 LSPs in 2016 and 2017.

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