About the Norwegian language
Norwegian is the official language of Norway and has around 5 million speakers, most of whom live in Norway.
It is a member of the North Germanic family of languages along with Danish, Swedish, Faroese, and Icelandic.
There are two forms of written Norwegian: Bokmål and Nynorsk. Bokmål is closely related to Danish and is used by a large majority of the population. Nynorsk is based on Old Norwegian before Danish rule, and is used by a minority, mainly in rural areas and western Norway. Attempts to unify the two have been unsuccessful, and the media and government bodies use both to maintain political harmony.
So why learn Norwegian?
Following the discovery of oil and gas, Norway has become one of the most successful emerging economies. A knowledge of Norwegian will impress business contacts.
With its spectacular fjords, coastline and unspoiled scenery, Norway attracts many foreign visitors annually. The ability to speak Norwegian will ensure you receive a warm welcome.