Approximately 4.5 million people speak and write ‘some form of Norwegian’, because Norwegian does not have a single common language. Standard Norwegian is based on the Norwegian that is spoken in and around the Norwegian capital Oslo, Standard Østnorsk. But outside Oslo, Norwegians passionately commit to their regional dialects, because that is all the rage and is widely appreciated. Around the world, dialects can often be considered inferior; in Norway, this is not the case. In fact, everything that has to do with cultural heritage – including dialects – is highly valued.
Radio and television usually use a spoken version of one of the Norwegian written languages, because even in writing, Norwegians don’t just stick with one language. One written language is Bokmål (literally ‘book language’), which 80% of Norwegians use in writing; the other is Nynorsk (New Norwegian), which is used by the rest. All attempts to create one common written language out of the two (Samnorsk) have ceased after years of laborious work. The Norwegians simply didn’t want it. As a result, there is no standard written and no standard spoken Norwegian.
What does go smoothly is the relationship between ‘Norwegian’, Swedish, and Danish. The inhabitants of those countries can easily understand each other while speaking in their own respective languages. And changes made in one language are (nearly) always adopted by the other two. This means the languages are slowly growing toward each other.
Norwegian is also related to Icelandic. In fact, the Norwegians brought their language to Iceland in the 9th century. Icelandic is Norwegian, but the Norwegian of 1,000 years ago. Today, the inhabitants of the two countries can barely understand each other. Norwegian has undergone great changes while the isolated Icelandic remained virtually unchanged. But Icelanders can read Old Norse, which is something Norwegians can only do after extensive study.
Language and culture are considered ‘living’ phenomena, so it is important that translations are made by translators who live and work in their country of origin. After all, they have their language and culture all around them every day. We call them in-country translators; in this case, Norwegian translators who live in Norway and are native speakers of Norwegian. Translators who can also work with different forms of Norwegian. We apply this principle of local specialists everywhere, which means we work with a large number of translators.
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