Days of the Week
Special Features of the Danish Language
Another Germanic language which is not German
Danish, or dansk, is part of the North Germanic languages (also called Scandinavian languages), a sub-group of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European languages. It is spoken by approximately 5.5 million people, mainly in Denmark, including some 50,000 people in the northern parts of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany; where it has the status of an "official" minority language.
Danish also has official status and is a mandatory subject in schools of the former Danish colonies of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, that now enjoy limited autonomy. In Iceland, which was a part of Denmark until 1944, Danish is still the second foreign language taught in schools; however, some prefer to learn Swedish or Norwegian instead.