The North Germanic languages compose one of the three branches of the Germanic languages, a sub-family of the Indo-European languages, along with the West Germanic languages and the extinct East Germanic languages. The North Germanic languages are sometimes specified as the "Nordic languages” (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian).
In Scandinavia, the term "Scandinavian languages" refers to the languages of the three continental Scandinavian countries as a subgroup of the Nordic languages, leaving aside the insular subgroup of Faroese and Icelandic.
Approximately 20 million people in the Nordic countries speak a Scandinavian language as their native language including an approximately 5% minority in Finland. Languages belonging to the North Germanic language tree are also spoken on Greenland and, by immigrants in North America