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West Greenlandic
Native to Western Greenland
Native speakers
ca. 53,000  (1995)[1]
Official status
Official language in
Greenland (Denmark)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguist list
Inuit dialects. Kalaallisut is in blue.

Kalaallisut is the main dialect of the Greenlandic language. It is spoken by approximately 50,000 people. Kalaallisut is the official dialect of Greenland and is spoken in the Western and Southern regions of Greenland, including the capital and largest town in Greenland, Nuuk. The other dialects in Greenland include Tunumiit and Inuktun, which are the second and third most spoken dialects in Greenland respectively. Danish is taught in all Greenlandic schools, therefore most speakers of Kalaallisut have knowledge of or speak Danish. During the Danish colonization of Greenland, Kalaallisut was Latinized.


  1. ^ 44,000 in Greenland, and perhaps 20% more in Denmark. Greenlandic reference at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)