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How much do you know about DANISH?

b2ap3_thumbnail_BLOG_44.jpgBackground and status

Danish is mainly spoken in Denmark, which has approximately 5,500,000 inhabitants and one of the official languages of the European Union as well as the Nordic Council. It is a compulsory subject in schools in the Faroe Islands and Greenland and in Iceland Danish has been a part of the school curriculum since the beginning of the 19th century. There is a noticeable community of Danish speakers in Southern Schleswig (area in Germany bordering Denmark) where it is an officially recognised regional language.

Written Danish is characterised by a very strict norm, but the spoken language may vary considerably in pronunciation from area to area with several dialects. The standard is called Rigsdansk which originated around Copenhagen and heavily influenced by the upper classes.


Present-day standard Danish is used on the Danish public service channels Radio Denmark, TV2 and also taught in Danish schools. There is no law stipulating an official language for Denmark, making Danish the de facto language only, however The Code of Civil Procedure does recognise Danish as the language of the courts. In 1997 the public authorities have been obliged to observe the official spelling by way of the Orthography Law and Denmark has also ratified the Nordic Language Declaration (2006), which states that universities should use a parallel language strategy ensuring the use of English alongside the use of the national languages.

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