Sunday, March 16, 2008

This article is part of the series on: Norwegian language
Variants: Official: Bokmål | Nynorsk Unofficial: Riksmål | Landsmål/Høgnorsk Norwegian language struggle Norwegian dialects
Use: Alphabet Phonology

Other topics:Bokmål Norwegian literature Norwegian Sign Language Norwegian Language Council

Bokmål (lit. "book language") is the most commonly used of the two official written standards of Norwegian, the other being Nynorsk. Bokmål is used by around 85% of the population (regardless of dialect) and is the standard most commonly taught to foreign students of Norwegian. Before 1929 the official term for Bokmål was Riksmål. Historically, Bokmål was a Norwegianized variety of Danish, which was commonly written in Norway until the start of the 20th century (see Dano-Norwegian).