Danish

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A language of Denmark

Alternate Names
Dansk, Rigsdansk
Population

5,380,000 in Denmark (ELDIA 2012). Population total all countries: 5,522,490.

Location

Widespread; Faroe Islands.

Language Status

1 (National). De facto national language.

Dialects

Bornholmsk, Sønderjysk (Southern Jutlandic).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

4,618,000 also use English [eng]. 636,000 also use French [fra]. 3,115,000 also use Standard German [deu].

Language Development
Compulsory subject in primary schools on Faroe Islands. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Fully developed. Bible: 1550–1993.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

Many slowly disappearing dialects. Formerly 3 dialect groups: Jutlandic (or Jutish, Western Danish), Island Danish, and Eastern Danish.

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