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Languages in Norway

There are two forms of the Norwegian language, and the Sami language is of a totally different origin.

The two forms of the Norwegian language, Bokmål and Nynorsk, are both used in public administration, in schools, churches, and on radio and television.

Everyone who speaks Norwegian, whether it is a local dialect or one of the two standard forms, can be understood by other Norwegians.

The Sami language of Norway’s indigenous people has equal status with Norwegian in parts of the northern counties of Troms and Finnmark

Norwegian is a North Germanic language of the West Scandinavian branch, existing in the two norms – Bokmål (Dano-Norwegian) and Nynorsk (New Norwegian).

Bokmål stems from the written Danish introduced during the union of Denmark and Norway (1380–1814). Nynorsk was created as a written language by the language scholar Ivar Aasen during the mid-nineteenth century, primarily from the dialects of the western and central rural districts, in order to carry on the tradition of Old Norse.

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Last updated:  2013-02-22
Sami is the language of Norway’s indigenous people - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Innovation Norway
Sami is the language of Norway’s indigenous people

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Hiking in Jotunheimen, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Innovation Norway

Languages in Norway

There are two forms of the Norwegian language, and the Sami language is of a totally different origin.

Languages in Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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