Norwegian is a North Germanic language spoken mainly in Norway, where it is the official language. Along with Swedish and Danish, Norwegian forms a dialect continuum of more or less mutually intelligible local and regional variants. There are also some speakers of Norwegian in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Spain, Canada and the USA.

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 official 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.

There was considerable debate about how to go about creating a national language and two languages emerged – Landsmål, based on colloquial Norwegian and regional dialects, particularly the dialects of western Norway, and Riksmål, which was primarily a written language and very similar to Danish.

Today schools in Norway have to teach both variations of the language. Students have to learn both of them; only they can choose which one they would like to learn as a major language. Civil servants are expected to be able to use both forms.


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Norwegian Proverb: “Bedre med en fugl i hånden enn ti på taket.” – Better to have one bird in hand than ten on the roof.

Meaning: Something you have for certain now is of more value than something better you may get, especially if you risk losing what you have in order to get it.


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