Icelandic

Icelandic belongs to the North Germanic languages. It is the official language of Iceland. Its closest relatives are Faroese and West Norwegian dialects such as Sognamål. In addition, today there is a flourishing publishing industry in Iceland and Icelanders are probably the keenest readers and writers in the world.

Map of Icelandic language speakers.
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Map of Icelandic language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: 300,000

Main Countries: Iceland, Denmark, USA, and Canada

Alternate names: ?slenska

ISO 639-3 Code: isl


Language Sample

Hver maður er borinn frjáls og jafn öðrum að virðingu og réttindum. Menn eru gæddir vitsmunum og samvizku, og ber þeim að breyta bróðurlega hverjum við annan.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)


Some proverbs in Icelandic:

Ber er hver að baki nema að sér bróður eigi
Every man is defenceless unless he has a brother

Kemst þó hægt fari
You will reach your destination even though you travel slowly

Margur ágirnist meira en þarf
Often does one desire what one does not need

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Icelandic:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)

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