ITC, a multilingual translation agency, understands the specificities of the Norwegian language and has developed a reliable network of experienced and highly qualified Norwegian linguists over the years to anticipate and meet the demands of our clients. ITC Translations can provide quality translation services from and into Norwegian for many industries. We can also provide desktop publishing services for your documents in the format of your choice. The layout will then be checked by Norwegian linguists to verify hyphenation and other language specificities.

5 million

people have Norwegian as their mother tongue


official languages constitute Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk)


of Norwegians speak Bokmål

History of the Language: Translation into Norwegian

The Norwegian language is part of the Germanic language family. Norwegian is similar to Danish and Swedish, and it is not difficult for Norwegians to make themselves understood in Denmark and Sweden. Norwegian is spoken by 4.5 million Norwegians, with a number of regional dialects, making it easy to determine the origin of the different speakers.

The Norwegian language has its roots in Old Norse, the language used by the Vikings in the Scandinavian countries in the Middle Ages. It is this old Norse that gave birth to Danish and Swedish and that also greatly influenced Anglo-Saxon, which became English.

Since Norway was under Danish rule for a long time, the language spoken in Norway was Dano-Norwegian. In 1814, the union with Denmark was broken off in favor of a new union with Sweden. During the 19th century, several writers in Norway tried to customize Danish and adapt it to Norwegian culture. The result is a dialect called Bokmål (“language of books”). In parallel with this development, linguist Ivar Aasen worked to establish another dialect, closer to the various dialects spoken in the country’s different regions. It was Nynorsk (“new Norwegian”). These two languages are both used in Norway. Both dialects are taught in schools. Bokmål, however, clearly dominates the daily lives of Norwegians. Major newspapers are published in Bokmål.

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Specific Features of the Norwegian Language

Seen from the outside, Norwegian presents some “curiosities,” notably the three additional characters of its alphabet. The å is pronounced o, the ø corresponds to the sound eu while the æ is an è with a fairly fluid pronunciation.

The Norwegian r is rolled by a good number of citizens, while in some dialects, especially on the south and west coasts, a guttural r is preferred.

Norwegian is not a difficult language to learn. It is based on grammar principles that are fairly easy to master and verb conjugation is very simple. Norwegian is written phonetically: you write as you speak.