Language Council of Norway

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Language Council of Norway
Formation1 January 2005; 14 years ago (2005-01-01)
HeadquartersOslo, Norway
Åse Wetås

The Language Council of Norway (Norwegian: Språkrådet)[1] is the consultative body of the Norwegian state on language issues. It was established in 2005 and replaced the Norwegian Language Council (Norwegian: Norsk språkråd)[1] which existed from 1974 to 2005. It is a subsidiary agency of the Ministry of Culture and has thirty-five employees.[2] It is one of two organisations involved in language standardization in Norway, alongside the Norwegian Academy.


Norwegian Language Council[edit]

The Norwegian Language Council (1974–2005) had 38 members, which represented different stakeholders, such as other language organisations including the Norwegian Academy, Riksmålsforbundet and Noregs Mållag, but also the educational sector and the media. The council created lists of acceptable word forms. Some words previously had two forms, the official form which were to be used in government documents and textbooks, and optional forms, which could be used by students in state schools.[3] However, after 2005 this difference no longer exists in the lists published by the Language Council of Norway.


  1. ^ a b Urban East Norwegian pronunciations of Språkrådet and Norsk språkråd are [²sproːkroːdə] and [ˈnɔʂk ²sproːkroːd].
  2. ^ The Language Council of Norway The Language Council of Norway. Retrieved 16 December 2013
  3. ^ Janus, Louis (1999). Norwegian Verbs And Essentials of Grammar. Chicago: Passport Books. p. 4. ISBN 0-8442-8596-X.

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