Featured articles are considered to be some of the best articles Wikipedia has to offer, as determined by Wikipedia's editors. They are used by editors as examples for writing other articles. Before being listed here, articles are reviewed as featured article candidates for accuracy, neutrality, completeness, and style, according to our featured article criteria. There are 5,495 featured articles out of 5,828,844 articles on the English Wikipedia (~0.1% are featured). Thus, about one in 1,060 of all Wikipedia articles are listed here. Articles that no longer meet the criteria can be proposed for improvement or removal at featured article review.
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