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Icelandic
íslenska
Pronunciation [is(t)lɛnska]
Native to Iceland, Denmark
Native speakers 320,000  (2011)
Language family
Indo-European
  • Germanic
    • North Germanic
      • West Scandinavian
        • Icelandic
Writing system Latin
Official status
Official language in Iceland
Language codes
ISO 639-1 is
ISO 639-2 ice (B)
isl (T)
ISO 639-3 isl

Icelandic is a North Germanic language, the main language of Iceland. It is an Indo-European language belonging to the North Germanic or Nordic branch of the Germanic languages. Historically, it was the westernmost of the Indo-European languages prior to the colonisation of the Americas. Icelandic, Faroese, Norn, and Norwegian formerly constituted West Nordic; Danish and Swedish constituted East Nordic. The Nordic languages are now divided into Insular Nordic and mainland Scandinavian languages, as Norwegian Bokmål became influenced by the latter two languages.

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