Picture Languages

Norwegian speaking countries

Norwegian is the official language in Norway and is spoken in 2 other countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Norwegian language (native name: Norsk) has its roots in the Indo-European language family.

As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 97 percent is in Norway. A total of about 5.3 million people worldwide speak Norwegian as their mother tongue.
Distribution Norwegian

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
NorwayNorthern Europeyes96.6 %5,224,000
SwedenNorthern Europeno0.5 %52,000
DenmarkNorthern Europeno0.3 %18,000

Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers — not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Norwegian 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.