In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Denmark

The biggest languages present in Denmark include:

  • Danish – 5.79 million speakers;
  • Greenlandic – 58 thousand speakers;
  • German – 2.72 million speakers;
  • English – 4.98 million speakers;
  • Swedish – 753 thousand speakers;

The sole official language of the country is Danish.

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.

Danish

Danish is a Indo-European language, distantly related to French, Norwegian, Persian, Spanish, as well as a number of other languages. It is the sole official language of Denmark.

Danish language summary
Number of speakers worldwide6 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingDano-Norwegian alphabet
Major Danish-speaking populations in:2 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Danish is spoken by around 6 million people around the world. The two most notable countries with a large number of speakers are Denmark, and Germany.

In Denmark approximately 100% or 5.79 million people use Danish in their day-to-day communication.

Writing

Danish uses the Latin alphabet. It employs the extended version of the script, however, with 9 additional symbols. It is written from left to right.

Translation services

If you intend to expand to the Danish market via the Danish language, you might be interested in the following services:

German

German is a Indo-European language, distantly related to Greek, French, Spanish, Slovak, as well as a number of other languages. It has no country-wide official status in Denmark.

German language summary
Number of speakers worldwide230 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingGerman alphabet
Major German-speaking populations in:12 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

German is spoken by around 230 million people around the world. Countries with a significant number of people speaking the language include:

  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • Luxembourg
  • Sweden
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Liechtenstein
  • Switzerland

More than 2.72 million residents of Denmark understand German.

Writing

German employs the German script, which in itself is a sub-type of the Latin script. It is written in the left-to-right fashion.

Translation services

If you intend to expand to the Danish market via the German language, you might be interested in the following services:

English

English is a Germanic language, which is a branch of the Indo-European language family. It has no country-wide official status in Denmark.

English language summary
Number of speakers worldwide1.15 billion
Language familyIndo-European
WritingEnglish alphabet
Major English-speaking populations in:35 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Approximately 1.15 billion people in more than 35 countries speak English as either the first or a second language. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand.

In Denmark approximately 86% or 4.98 million people use English in their day-to-day communication.

Writing

The English alphabet is used for writing the English language. It employs the standard version of the script with no additional, language-specific symbols.

Translation services

If you intend to expand to the Danish market via the English language, you might be interested in the following services:

Swedish

Swedish belongs to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. It has no country-wide official status in Denmark.

Swedish language summary
Number of speakers worldwide13.20 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingSwedish alphabet
Major Swedish-speaking populations in:2 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Swedish is spoken by around 13.20 million people around the world. Examples of countries, where Swedish has a major presence, include:

  • Sweden
  • Finland

Around 13% of the population of Denmark speak Swedish.

Writing

Swedish employs the Swedish script, which in itself is a sub-type of the Latin script. It is written in the left-to-right fashion.

Translation services

If you intend to expand to the Danish market via the Swedish language, you might be interested in the following services:

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