Inuktitut, Greenlandic


A language of Greenland

Alternate Names
Greenlandic, Kalaallisut

50,000 in Greenland (2007 I. Larsen). 3,000 East Greenlandic, 44,000 West Greenlandic, 800 North Greenlandic. Population total all countries: 57,000.


About 80 communities of populations over 10.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1978, Home Rule Act No. 577 of 29 November, Article 9.1).


East Greenlandic, Thule Inuit (North Greenlandic, “Polar Eskimo” (pej.), Polar Inuit), West Greenlandic. Dialects border on being different languages (1995 M. Krauss).

Language Use

Vigorous in Greenland. Also use Danish [dan].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. Grammar. Bible: 1900.

Latin script [Latn].

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