Languages of Denmark
|Languages of the Kingdom of Denmark |
|Regional||(Officially recognised) |
|Foreign||English (about 86%) |
German (about 47%)
Swedish (about 13%)
|Signed||Danish Sign Language|
A large majority (about 86%) of Danes also speak English as a second language; it is mandatory for Danish students to learn from the first grade in the public elementary schools (Danish: folkeskole), by far the most popular option in the country. In the 1st (or 3rd, depends on the school) grade of folkeskole, a third language option is given, usually German or French. The vast majority pick German (about 47% of Danes report being able to speak conversational German). The third most widely understood foreign language is Swedish, with about 13% of Danes reporting to be able to speak it.
Officially recognized minority languages
Faroese, a North Germanic language like Danish, is the primary language of the Faroe Islands, a self-governing territory of the Kingdom. It is also spoken by some Faroese immigrants to mainland Denmark. Faroese is similar to Icelandic, and also the Old Norse language spoken.
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