Kven language

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The Kven language is a Finnic language spoken in northern Norway by the Kven people.

Kven
Kainun kieli
Native to Norway
Native speakers
2,000 – 10,000 (2011)[1]
Latin
Official status
Regulated byKven language board
Language codes
ISO 639-2fkv
ISO 639-3fkv
ELPKven Finnish
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In 2005 the language was officially given minority status in Norway.[2] This was for political and historical reasons. The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages has rules for the signs of a minority language. Linguistically, however, it is seen as a mutually intelligible dialect of the Finnish language. Because of this it is grouped together with the Peräpohjola dialects, such as Meänkieli, spoken in Torne Valley in Sweden.

References[change | change source]

  1. Kven at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. "Kvensk". Store norse lexicon. Retrieved 21 September 2017.