GERMANIC LANGUAGES ----------|------------ |------English |------German |------Nordic | |----Vestern | |------Islandic | |------Faroe | |------Norwegian (Nynorsk) | |----Eastern |------Swedish |------Norwegian (Bokmål) |------Danish
| Like Swedish, Norwegian, and Icelandic, Danish is derived from a common Scandinavian language, which can be traced to runic inscriptions of the 3rd century AD.
Significant changes occurred in the parent language during the Viking age (circa 800-1050), leading to distinct differences between the East Scandinavian dialects, from which Danish and Swedish evolved, and the West Scandinavian dialects, which are the sources of Norwegian
(Nynorsk) and Icelandic.
The history of the Danish language may be divided into three main periods:
The Danish alphabet has a total of 29 letters:
9 vowels (a,e,i,o,u,y,æ,ø,å) and
Notice the 3 special Danish letters:
|Æ, æ||a and e put together||Ae, ae|
|Ø, ø||o with / through||Oe, oe; Ö, ö|
|Å, å||a with a small o above||Aa, aa|
If your computer cannot write these letters, you may use the old way of
You can also use the ASCII codes on your key-board by holding down the Alt key while typing
the numbers shown below.
|Æ||alt + 146||Æ|
|Å||alt + 143||Å|
|Ö||alt + 153|
|æ||alt + 145||æ|
|å||alt + 134||å|
|ö||alt + 148|