Faroese language

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Faroese
føroyskt mál
Pronunciation [ˈføːɹɪst mɔaːl]
Native to Faroe Islands, Denmark, Greenland
Ethnicity Faroe Islanders
Native speakers
66,000 (2007)[1]
Early forms
Latin (Faroese orthography)
Faroese Braille
Official status
Official language in
 Faroe Islands
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated by Faroese Language Board Føroyska málnevndin
Language codes
ISO 639-1 fo
ISO 639-2 fao
ISO 639-3 fao
Glottolog faro1244[3]
Linguasphere 52-AAA-ab
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Faroese is the Germanic language of the Faroe Islands spoken by about 70,000 people. The language came from Old Norse which was spoken in the Middle Ages. Faroese is the most similar to Icelandic. The alphabet has 29 letters that come from the Latin alphabet.

Faroese numbers[change | change source]

Number Faroese
0 null
1 eitt
2 tvey
3 trý
4 fýra
5 fimm
6 seks
7 sjey
8 átta
9 níggju
10 tíggju
11 ellivu
12 tólv
13 trettan
14 fjúrtan
15 fimtan
16 sekstan
17 seytjan
18 átjan
19 nítjan
20 tjúgu
21 einogtjúgu
22 tveyogtjúgu
30 tredivu, tríati
40 fjøruti, fýrati
50 hálvtrýss, fimmti
60 trýss, seksti
70 hálvfjers, sjeyti
80 fýrs, áttati
90 hálvfems, níti
100 hundrað
1000 (eitt) túsund

References[change | change source]

  1. Faroese at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Sandøy, H., Frå tre dialektar til tre språk. In: Gunnstein Akselberg og Edit Bugge (red.), Vestnordisk språkkontakt gjennom 1200 år. Tórshavn, Fróðskapur, 2011, pp. 19-38. [1]
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Faroese". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.