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Norwegian

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 4,640,000

 

Language Family: Indo-European, Germanic

 

Spoken in:
 
Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden.

 

 

History:
 

Early Norwegian literature, mainly poetry and historical prose, was written in West Norse and flourished between the 9th and the 14th centuries. After that Norway came under Swedish and then Danish rule. Norwegian continued to be spoken but Danish was used for officials purposes, as a literary language and in higher education.

 

After Norway separated from Denmark in 1814, Danish continued to be used in schools until the 1830s, when a movement to create a new national language emerged. The reasoning behind the movement was that written Danish differed to such an extent from spoken Norwegian that it was difficult to learn, and because they believed that every country should have its own language.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

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