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Nordic Languages

The Nordic Languages refer to languages spoken in the northernmost region of Europe, which include Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland and their autonomous territories – Greenland, Åland and Faroe Islands. People in the region have much in common in history and culture, shared similar words in language and sometimes mutually understand each other, but each language is distinctly different from the other. Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Finnish are all official national languages.

Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic are North Germanic language, a sub-family of the Indo-European languages. They are further divided into western and eastern branches, with Norwegian and Icelandic on the one hand, and Danish and Swedish on the other. Finnish belongs to other language family - the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic family.

Interested users could go to the Language Learning Centre of the Hong Kong Central Library to find out more about the Nordic Languages.


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