In the twentieth century Faroese became the official language in the Faroe Islands, and is used in all matters - also within business, administration, political and cultural life.

Danish is the second language and practically everyone can speak and write Danish. Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish are understood and spoken in many places, and most people are capable of communicating in English too.

Faroese derives from Old Norse and is closely related to Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish. Speakers of the above Nordic languages will notice many familiar words and grammatical structures in Faroese. The closest language to Faroese is Icelandic and when Faroese and Icelanders speak to each other in their native tongues there is a good degree of mutual comprehension.

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