Norwegian Alphabet

What is Norway?

Norway is officially known as the Kingdom of Norway, which is a country located in Northern Europe. The mainland of this territory comprises the northernmost and western points of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Norway has a considerable landmass but consists of an archipelago and a remote arctic island that contains a lot of natural parks and attractions. There is some dispute over certain antarctic territories with other Nordic nations. The capital of Norway is Oslo, which is also its largest city.

Norway is an extremely developed nation and maintains the Nordic welfare model with its popular tenets. Universal healthcare and a compressive social security system are one of the core offerings of the legislature and public servants, due to its view of egalitarian ideals. In contrast to other capitalistic nations, the Norwegian state has a large influence and stake in the natural resources of the country, which includes natural gas, minerals, and petroleum. Norway is the largest producer of oil in the world if the Middle East is not taken into account.

What is the Norwegian Alphabet?

The Norwegian alphabet closely resembles the Danish alphabet, which comes together and is known as the Dano-Norwegian alphabet. It is a variant of the Latin Alphabet, with the addition of certain other accents and variations of common letters: Å, Ä, Ö. Æ and Ä.

The letters z,x,w,q, and c are, and were never used in the spelling of native words in the language. As with many other languages that have had a western influence on their development, "loan words" have made it necessary to have certain additions to Latin-based languages to smooth the transition between words. A larger difference between the Norwegian and the Danish languages is the use of the letter "C" which is a hot topic of debate in many different nations. The Danes have retained the original "s" sound for certain words and denoted it with "c" whereas Norwegian loan words were turned prentice, so where "c" is used as an "s", Norwegians would use the latter.

History of the Norwegian Alphabet

Most of the Nordic languages were extremely similar in the past, with a few derivations in the last few hundred years. For example, one of the accented "a" sounds from the Swedish language was imported and introduced into the Norwegian language in 1917, which had already been used in formal settings since the 16th century. Finally, the Danes also adopted this sound in 1948, but the decision of where this accent would take place was never agreed upon.

In the current languages of Norwegian and Danish, W is recognized as a completely different letter from V, which was officially enacted in 1980. Before this time, W was a variation of V and used in words where it only made sense in alphabetical order. Some of these rules are not recognized in certain aspects of Danish and Norwegian society. For example, many traditional family names that date back hundreds of years will not change with the introduction of loan words and letters.