is a West Nordic or West Scandinavian language spoken by about 40,000 people in the Faroe Islands
. It is one of two insular Scandinavian languages (the other is Icelandic
), which have their origins in the Old Norse language
spoken in Scandinavia
in the Viking Age
. Although the written form is very similar to Icelandic, in pronunciation it has been influenced by Norwegian.
Faroese tradition was mostly oral until a standard for written Faroese was established in 1846 by Venceslaus Ulricus Hammershaimb.
- (all languages)
- North Germanic
- West Scandinavian
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