Pronunciation [d̥anˀsɡ̊]
Native to Denmark, Greenland, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)
Native speakers 5.6 million  (2007)
Language family
  • Germanic
    • North Germanic
      • East Scandinavian
        • Danish
Writing system Latin
Official status
Official language in Denmark
Faroe Islands
Recognised minority language in Germany
Language codes
ISO 639-1 da
ISO 639-2 dan
ISO 639-3 dan

Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by around six million people, principally in the country of Denmark and in the region of Southern Schleswig in northern Germany, where it holds minority language status. There are also significant Danish-speaking communities in USA, Canada and Argentina. Due to immigration and language shift in urban areas around 15-20% of the population of Greenland speaks Danish as their home language.

Danish is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and Swedish. Proficient speakers of any of the three languages can understand the others, though studies have shown that speakers of Norwegian generally understand both Danish and Swedish far better than Swedes or Danes understand each other. Both Swedes and Danes also understand Norwegian better than they understand each other's languages.

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