Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

What are the two Norwegian languages?

And how are they different between one another? Which one is more commonly spoke and essential to know if traveling to or relocating to Norway?

Thank you!

1 Answer

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    The Norwegian language has two official written forms, Bokmål and Nynorsk. Both are used in public administration, schools, churches, and media. Bokmål is the written language used by a large majority of about 80–85%. Around 95% of the population speak Norwegian as their first or native language, although many speak dialects that may differ significantly from the written languages. All Norwegian dialects are mutually intelligible, although listeners with limited exposure to dialects other than their own may struggle to understand certain phrases and pronunciations in some other dialects.

    but you probably mean northgermanic Norwegian and uralic Sami. Almost everybody uses Norwegian. Sami might(!) be easier for Finns and Estonians, Norwegian is closer to native speakers of all germanic languages

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