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Danish

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers:5,581,690

 

Language Family: Indo-European, Germanic

 

Spoken in:
 
Denmark, Canada, Germany, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United States.

 

 

History:
 

Danish is a North Germanic language with around 5.5 million speakers mainly in Denmark, but also in Greenland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Canada, the UAE and the USA. Danish was the official language of Norway until about 1830 and of Iceland until 1944. Danish is now the first foreign language learnt in Iceland.

 

During the Middle Ages, Danish was heavily influenced by Low German dialects, while during the 17th century Danish absorbed many French loanwords and from the 19th century onwards, many English words have been taken into Danish.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

Web-Based Resources

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BBC Languages — Danish

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