NORDIC COUNTRIES FACT FILE
Countries: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, & Iceland
Official Languages: Denmark –Danish
Population: 24.7 million
Capital: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, & Reykjavik
Government: Denmark, Sweden, & Norway (Monarchy)
Finland & Iceland (Republics)
Literacy: More than 99% can read & write.
Currency: Danish Krone
Calling Code: Denmark (+45)
Time Zone: Denmark, Sweden, Norway (GMT +2)
Finland (GMT +3)
National Colours: Denmark (Red & White)
Sweden (Blue & Yellow)
Finland (White & Blue)
Norway (Red, White, & Blue)
Iceland (Blue & White)
Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, & Icelandic are the part of North Germanic Languages which are majorly spoken in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, & Iceland. Notwithstanding Finland’s political, cultural, and geographical association with Scandinavia, the language is entirely different and part of Uralic Languages which makes the language more closely linked to Hungarian and Estonian than the neighbouring countries like Sweden (North Germanic Language). The importance of learning these Nordic languages cannot be overlooked, since these languages offer a unique perspective to learn the cultural heritage, job opportunities, and the expansion of a business.
SOME FASCINATING NORDIC LANGUAGES FACTSIf you wish to learn Nordic Languages then it is important to know the history and origins of the language you are learning. Langma School of Languages offers an insight into the fascinating Nordic Languages facts:
- The mountain range is called “Scandes” which divides the Scandinavian Peninsula.
- In terms of the top global index in eight areas: economy, education, entrepreneurship & opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, social status, and safety & security Norway, Denmark, and Sweden are ranked first, second and third place respectively.
- These countries are the pioneer to bring the ideology of democracy and capitalism in the European Society.
- Scandinavian countries have an incredible sense of cooperation and comparatively less competitive environment which can be seen by comparing the relationship between private companies and government and the relationship between the employees and employers.
- In Global Index of the world’s best recyclers, Sweden holds the first position, and Stockholm has the world’s second-largest hydrothermal cooling system.
- Norway has the world’s deepest tunnel at 287 metres deep.
- Danish flag is the oldest flag in the world which was adopted in AD 1219 and still in use by an independent.
- The languages like North Germanic languages (Scandinavian languages) and Sami languages have coexisted on the Scandinavian Peninsula since prehistory. Languages like Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish are classified as Continental Scandinavian.
- Scandinavian countries offer excellent social safety-net like Universal healthcare, Universal unemployment –insurance, Universal child-support, and Universal free access to education at all levels.
Similarities in Nordic languages and English language:
English and Scandinavian languages have the same root “Germanic Languages” which is classified into three – North, West, and East Germanic. English, Dutch, and German are part of “West Germanic Language”, whilst the Scandinavian languages (Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, & Icelandic) are the part of North Germanic. However, “Finnish” is associated with the “Uralic Language” despite being in the Scandinavia. Some may claim that the English language and the Nordic languages are the part of the same family; since may, Norwegian words closely resemble English and the sentence structure. The more relevant answer would be the core root of both languages.
Similarities in Swedish and English
- There are more than 1550 words which are common in both the languages; for example, “accent”, “digital”, and “salt”. Swedish, who are learning English, must be aware of the term “false friends” which means that the words are spelt the same in both languages; however, the meaning is completely different. For instance, Swedish world like “bra”, which means “good”, “glass”, and “ice-cream” whilst in English it sounds quite opposite in fact!
- Like most of the European languages, Swedish also uses Latin alphabet, with the addition of three vowels with diacritics (a mark such as an accent, placed over, under or through a letter in some languages, to show that the letter should be pronounced in a different way from the same letter without a mark). These are å, ä, and ö.
- There are similarities between Swedish and English sentence structures since both languages follow “Subject –Verb –Object”. One can understand the gist of conversation despite having a bad English of Swedes.
Similarities in Norwegian & English
- Norwegian and English follow the same grammar rules, in English, we use an apostrophe (Man’s bike) to indicate possession and in Norwegian, we need to add “s” (manns sykkel).
- One may find several words in English of Norwegian origin like, “ski”, “beserk”, and “fjord”.
- There are similarities between Norwegian and English sentence structures since both languages follow “Subject –Verb –Object”; moreover, the complex sentences follow the same structural similarities.
Similarities in Danish and English
- Danish share the phonetics similarities; for example, “Øje” is an eye with the “j” in Danish being pronounced the same as “y” in English. “Kold” is “Cold” and “Snegl” is “Snail” with similar pronunciation.
- The Danish language shares a similar alphabet as Norwegian, 29-letter with the variant of the Latin alphabet. Diacritics consist of “æ”, “ø”, and “å”.
Scandinavian countries and life:
Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland) are breathtakingly beautiful. These countries offer the quality of life and social welfare and worth exploring. One of the most interesting things “Northern Lights” bring thousands of people from all parts of the world. These countries are the example and pioneers of urban development, sustainable living with an extremely high standard of lifestyle whilst maintaining their old-charm and landscapes and life in these countries are unique and always offer something to learn.
When it comes to the quality of life and social welfare these Nordic countries surpass the most developed countries and these countries have not tarnished their environment in the name of development.
Why choose Langma School of Languages for learning Nordic languages
- Langma School of Languages is the pioneer in providing quality education of Nordic Languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, & Icelandic) to students. We at Langma School of Languages combine several things to create a unique learning experience that has set us apart. Our students share their belief as they return to us bringing their relatives and friends.
- Langma School of Languages works a “facilitator” instead of being a “transmitter” of knowledge. Langma School of Languages not only emphasises on improving language skills but also helps students develop overall-personality.
- Langma School of Languages follows an international standard “Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)” whilst teaching foreign languages ranging from A1 (Beginners) to C2 (Proficient). Langma School of Languages is fully equipped such as Computer Lab, Library, and Wi-Fi facility. Langma School of Languages uses its own tested methodology: the Audio/Video – cum – Interactive Method (ACIM), giving a proven quick and easy grasp of the languages. ACIM offers fast result in comprehension and speaking by introducing words and phrases in a structured way to develop sentence framing in an understandable manner, our methodology is suitable for learners of all age group and easily adapted to specific needs.
- The growth of Developing countries remains one of the most anticipated economic and its fulfilment relies on multilingual. A broader foundation of language training enables students to become part of the developed world, their lives become enriched and their future set firmly on the path to success. Langma School of Languages courses of Nordic languages offers an insight into history, literature, culture, and arts. Langma School of Language is the best training centre for both classroom and online where one can choose individual or group sessions according to their requirements. Our dedicated team of teachers are highly experienced and qualified, some with more than 14 years of teaching experience whilst others hold PhD or other relevant qualification from internationally recognised institutions. They bring their experience to classes: implement a practical approach into their lessons.
- Langma School of Languages is active in promoting the growth and development of Nordic languages learning skills through our classroom and online platform across the world. We take very seriously the importance of providing specific Nordic languages skill to suit our student’s and client’s needs along with being aware of the reputation of both our self’s and our clients and students by ensuring the highest standards of training. Langma School of Languages’ forward-thinking approach takes into consideration new developments in teaching practice; we have adopted a pro-active role in lobbying Government bodies, institutions, and several diplomatic centres to take seriously the importance of being multilingual.
- Langma School of Languages offers the best platform to prepare for international exams like Skandcert, SWEDEX, and others. Classes at Langma School of Languages, are offered under the supervision of native speakers, who have years of expertise in preparing students for these exams. A basic structure is created by imparting an overall knowledge of the topic followed by practical exercises and interactive practice sessions. Langma School of Languages’ expertise in education and its ongoing development are brought into play with specific topics and practice sessions designed exclusively for the students.
- Langma School of Languages offers the best platform to acquire knowledge of Nordic language and culture. Langma School of Languages covers a range of relevant and fun-based areas deemed to be of the greatest value and interest to the participants.
- Langma School of Languages is lead by a team of accomplished teachers and authors with a broad experience in education and interpersonal skills, our inspirational and motivational teaching methods have won the hearts of thousands of students during their illustrious career. Our programme of training is designed specifically for the students and clients and expected outcomes are always reached and exceeded. Students and participants not only gain the required skills they enjoy learning and in many cases have gone on to achieve tops jobs and reach their goals with work-wise and personally.
- Langma School of Languages’ client base is extensive and comprehensive including The Indian Army, Indian Navy, British High Commission, Government Ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs), and Foreign embassies like Embassy of The Czech Republic, Embassy of The United Arab Emirates, Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Embassy of The Republic of Benin, and Embassy of The Republic of Congo; and it has provided training programmes for individuals and corporate houses throughout the world. These are just a few of Langma School of Languages’ impressive and ongoing service providers.
Experience professional and authentic Noridc Languages classes with our Qualified Native-Speakers
All of our Nordic Languages teachers at Langma School of Languages are Native-Speakers and highly qualified, each with specialist and cross over training credentials have between them years of experience and abilities in all areas of training. Langma School of Languages not only ensures that you receive quality teaching but also acquire authentic Nordic Languages dialect and terminology. One can gain theoretical knowledge from the book; however, to gain practical and spoken experience can only be attained in the classroom to be prepared for future endeavour. Our teachers at Langma School of Languages encourage extracurricular practice and it is envisaged that spoken skills are taken beyond the formal teaching environment and into the students’ daily lives. Teachers provide written exercises and presentation, role play, group discussion, and extempore to keep students engaged and consistently using the words and phrases they learnt.