The Kingdom of Denmark is a country belonging to Northern Europe, whose capital is Copenhagen. It has a population of 6 million inhabitants (112º) and an extension of 42,933 km 2 (130º). Its human development index is very high (11th) and its official currency is the Danish crown. But what language is spoken in Denmark?
What language do they speak in Denmark?
Denmark has only one official language, Danish.
Likewise, Denmark recognizes three languages:
- Faroese, which is spoken by 21,000 inhabitants, is co-official in the Faroe Islands.
- Greenlandic, spoken by as few as 7,000 people, is the sole official language of Greenland.
- German , which is natively spoken by 25,900 Danes, is a protected minority language in the district of South Jutland.
German , despite having few native speakers, if first and second language speakers are taken into account is the third most spoken language (by 47% of the population). The second most spoken language, after Danish, is English, which is dominated by the vast majority of Danes (86% of the population), especially the young population. The other most learned foreign languages are Swedish (13%), French (9%) and Spanish (4%).
The most widely spoken immigrant languages are Turkish (30,000), Northern Kurdish (20,000), Somali (16,000), Serbian (15,000), Urdu (15,000), Polish (14,000), Persian (12,000), Vietnamese (12,000), Croatian (10,000), Tamil (9,000), Iu Mien (8,000), Icelandic (7,000), and Thai (7,000).
Danish (dansk) is spoken by 97.6% of the population. It is used in all official areas of the Danish government, as well as the media, business, education and courts of law.
The German language
German (Deutsch) is officially recognized as a minority language in the district of South Jutland, which was part of the German Empire prior to the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. German minorities run their own primary education systems, with German as the language of instruction.
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