Native speakers 360,000. Icelandic is the main language in Iceland. It is the official language and almost everything in Iceland takes place in Icelandic. Icelandic is taught in school, the news is told in Icelandic, newspapers are in Icelandic and the Senate takes place in Icelandic. Icelandic is the most similar language to the old Norse-language as it has been the least influenced by neighboring countries and visitors. At least until now.
In the digital age, we live in there has been a slight change. First, when television came onto the scene it was easy to control it and uphold language purism to a certain degree. The material was made in Icelandic and the rest had subtitles. Children’s programs were even dubbed. But with the newfound Youtube, Netflix and other platforms, people and children can more easily find entertainment in English and without any traces, dubbing or subtitles to remind them of the mother tongue. This is worrying for a small nation speaking such a rare language. There is a great shortage of proper Icelandic language in the digital world and that is a fact. This has also caused us to adopt more foreign words without a proper translation.
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Icelandic is a North Germanic language spoken in Iceland. Along with Faroese, Norn, and Western Norwegian it formerly constituted West Nordic; while Danish, Eastern Norwegian and Swedish constituted East Nordic. Modern Norwegian Bokmål is influenced by both groups, leading the Nordic languages to be divided into mainland Scandinavian languages and Insular Nordic (including Icelandic).
The conservatism of the Icelandic language and its resultant near-isomorphism to Old Norse (which is equivalently termed Old Icelandic by linguists) means that modern Icelanders can easily read the Eddas, sagas, and other classic Old Norse literary works created in the tenth through thirteenth centuries.
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