Norwegian is a language in the Germanic family and counts about 5 million native speakers. Its speakers are concentrated in the cold but beautiful country of Norway in western Scandinavia. As a result of Norway being tied to both Denmark and Sweden for long periods of its history there is an on-going debate about the Norwegian language. The issue has actually created two forms of written Norwegian, Bokmål and Nynorsk. However, the spoken language is mostly based on local dialects and thus there is no standard form of spoken Norwegian. As a relatively small language there are not necessarily abundant resources for learning Norwegian and those which do exists seem to lean towards teaching Bokmål.

Online Resources

FSI Norwegian is a course offered by the Foreign Service Institute

Duolingo is a popular language learning platform and they offer Norwegian. Check out the review here.

Learn Norwegian! with Michelle Alexandra is a series of about 10 videos for the beginning student of Norwegian.

eNorsk has videos, podcasts, reading practice, etc.

Norwegian ABC has free lessons and materials but they also provide advanced paid materials too

NTNU - NoW is a course developed by a Norwegian university to help new learners of Norwegian

Learn Norwegian Naturally offers over 100 videos for learning Norwegian.

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Where Can I Study It?

St. Olaf College offers a BA in Norwegian

University of Washington offers a BA in Norwegian

University of California - Berkeley offers a BA in Scandinavian Studies - Norwegian

University of Wisconsin - Madison offers a BA in Scandinavian Studies - Norwegian

Famous Speakers

Henrik Ibsen
Famous for writing the plays Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House amongst many others.

Edvard Munch
Painted the world famous The Scream, which last traded hands for close to 120 million US dollars.

Roald Amundsen
He led the first expedition that reached the South Pole. This is just one of many exploration firsts for this Norwegian.

Edvard Grieg
Grieg is a well known Norwegian composer

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