Want To Learn Norwegian?
Norway is located in Scandinavia in the north of Europe. Due to its location towards the North Pole, it has become a popular attraction for those looking to endure the cold weather and see the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. There are many things to like about Norway which all plays into its popularity amongst its visitors. Any visit to Europe would not be complete without a stop in the country.
Norwegian is the official language of Norway, where it is spoken by 5 million people. Swedish and Danish are closely related, along with a number of others in the Northern Germanic language family. These all have some level of mutual intelligibility between them owing to their history of which the Vikings are very much a part. This intelligibility is mostly in its writing however, as the spoken languages do have several bigger differences.
There are actually many different dialects within spoken Norwegian which does impact pronunciation. In writing, it uses the Latin Alphabet with an additional 3 characters and diacritics, though some characters are often only used in loan words. It has an SVO word order while also using grammatical gender, with masculine, feminine and neuter forms.
Norway is said to be one of the happiest countries in the world, and thanks to a strong economy, awe-inspiring landscapes and rich culture, it is not difficult to see why. English is quite widely spoken in the capital and other larger cities. If you plan to head out to the more sparesly populated northern regions of the country, then you would be best to learn Norwegian to help you on your way.