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Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by around six million people, principally in the country of Denmark and in the region of Southern Schleswig in northern Germany, where it holds minority language status. There are also significant Danish-speaking communities in USA, Canada and Argentina. Due to immigration around 15-20% of the population of Greenland speaks Danish as their home language. Danish is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and Swedish. Proficient speakers of any of the three languages can understand the others, though studies have shown that speakers of Norwegian generally understand both Danish and Swedish far better than Swedes or Danes understand each other. Both Swedes and Danes also understand Norwegian better than they understand each other's languages. Along with the other North Germanic languages, Danish is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era. Danish, together with Swedish, derives from the East Norse dialect group, while the Old Norwegian dialects before the influence of Danish and Norwegian Bokmål is classified as a West Norse language together with Faroese and Icelandic. A more recent classification based on mutual intelligibility separates modern spoken Danish, Norwegian and Swedish into a Mainland Scandinavian group while Icelandic and Faroese are placed in a separate category labelled Insular Scandinavian. Danish has a relatively large vowel inventory consisting of 16 phonemes and is distinguished by the many pharyngealized sounds, including both vowels and consonants. Written Danish and Norwegian Bokmål are particularly close, though the phonology (that is, the system of relationships among the speech sounds that constitute the fundamental components of the language) and the prosody (the patterns of stress and intonation) differ somewhat. Danish is a mandatory subject in school in the Danish dependencies of the Faroe Islands (where it is also an official language after Faroese) and Greenland, as well as the former crown holding of Iceland.
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Names (more)

[af] Deens
[am] ዴኒሽ
[ar] الدانماركية
[an] Idioma danés
[az] Danimarka dili
[be] Дацкая мова
[bn] ডেনিশ
[bo] ཏེན་མག་གི་སྐད།
[bs] Danski jezik
[br] Daneg
[bg] Датски език
[ca] Danès
[cs] Dánština
[ce] Dathoyn mott
[kw] Danek
[co] Lingua danese
[cy] Daneg
[da] Dansk
[de] Dänisch
[dz] ཌེ་ནིཤ་ཁ
[el] Δανικά
[en] Danish language
[eo] Dana lingvo
[et] Taani keel
[eu] Daniera
[ee] denmarkgbe
[fo] Danskt mál
[fa] دانمارکی
[fi] Tanskan kieli
[fr] Danois
[fy] Deensk
[gd] Danmhairgis
[ga] An Danmhairgis
[gl] Lingua dinamarquesa
[gv] Danvargish
[gu] ડેનિશ
[ha] Danish
[sh] Danski jezik
[he] דנית
[hi] डेनिश भाषा
[hr] Danski jezik
[hu] Dán nyelv
[hy] Դանիերեն
[io] Daniana linguo
[ia] danese
[id] Bahasa Denmark
[is] Danska
[it] Lingua danese
[jv] Basa Denmark
[ja] デンマーク語
[kl] Qallunaatut
[kn] ಡ್ಯಾನಿಶ್
[ks] ڈینِش
[ka] დანიური ენა
[kk] дат
[km] ដាណឺម៉ាក
[rw] Ikidaninwa
[ky] датча
[kv] Данск кыв
[ko] 덴마크어
[ku] Zimanê danîmarkî
[lo] ດານຣິດ
[la] Lingua Danica
[lv] Dāņu valoda
[li] Deens
[lt] Danų kalba
[ml] ഡാനിഷ്
[mr] डॅनिश भाषा
[mk] Дански јазик
[mt] Daniż
[ms] Bahasa Denmark
[my] ဒိန်းမတ်
[ne] ड्यानिश
[nl] Deens
[nn] Dansk
[nb] dansk
[no] Dansk
[oc] Danés
[or] ଡାନ୍ନିସ୍
[om] Afaan Deenmaark
[os] Даниаг æвзаг
[pa] ਡੈਨਿਸ਼
[pl] Język duński
[pt] Língua dinamarquesa
[ps] ډېنش
[qu] Dan simi
[rm] danais
[ro] Limba daneză
[ru] Датский язык
[si] ඩැනිශ්
[sk] Dánčina
[sl] Danščina
[se] Dánskkagiella
[so] Danmarkays
[st] Se-dutch
[es] Idioma danés
[sq] Danisht
[sr] Дански језик
[sw] Kidenmark
[sv] Danska
[ta] டேனிய மொழி
[tt] Дания теле
[te] డేనిష్
[tg] Даниягӣ
[tl] Wikang Danes
[th] ภาษาเดนมาร์ก
[ti] ዴኒሽ
[to] lea fakatenimaʻake
[tn] Danish
[ts] Xi Danish
[tr] Danca
[ug] دانىش تىلى
[uk] Данська мова
[ur] ڈینش
[vi] Tiếng Đan Mạch
[xh] Isi-Danish
[yi] דעניש
[yo] Èdè Ilẹ̀ Denmark
[zh] 丹麦语
[zu] isi-Danish

Language type : Living

Official language : Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland,

Language resources for Danish

Open Languages Archives

EuroVoc multilingual thesaurus in Danish
GEMET multilingual thesaurus in Danish

Danish Wikipedia
Danish Wiktionary
Wiktionary - Category:Danish language [en]
Wiktionnaire - Catégorie:danois [fr]

Freelang Dictionary [en]
Dictionnaire Freelang [fr]
Omniglot encyclopedia [en]
Lexilogos Dictionaries [en]
Dictionnaires Lexilogos [fr]
Dictionnaires Lexicool [fr]

Technical notes

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Following BCP 47 the recommended tag for this language is da.

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ISO 639 Codes

ISO 639-1 : da
ISO 639-2B : dan
ISO 639-2T : dan
ISO 639-3 : dan

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