Picture Languages

Icelandic speaking countries

Icelandic is the official language in Iceland and is spoken in Greenland as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Icelandic language (native name: Íslenska) has its roots in the Indo-European language family.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 96 percent is in Iceland. A total of about 357,069.0 people worldwide speak Icelandic as their mother tongue.
Distribution Icelandic

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
IcelandNorthern Europeyes95.7 %357,000
GreenlandNorth Americano1.0 %600

Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Icelandic as a subsequently learned language is not the subject of this page. Countries where native speakers make up only a few thousand, or even a few hundred people, or countries with a percentage well below 1% are unlikely to be listed here.