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What are the northern European languages? Nordic - Baltic - Slavic Language Translation Services

What are the Northern European Languages? | Northern Europe as our Linguistic Region | Nordic - Baltic - Slavic Language Translation Services

North and West GermanicBalticFinnic, and Slavic Languages are the Northern European languages

The Baltic sea regionProfessional Translation Service agency Baltic Media Ltd operates in Nordic- Baltic region

Northern Europe point geographically to the northern part of Europe, or culturally to the Nordic countries, Baltic countries, and sometimes also the British Isles.

Countries in Northern Europe have developed economies and some of the highest standards of living in the world. Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) is a regional partnership format that covers DenmarkEstoniaFinlandIcelandLatviaLithuaniaNorway, and Sweden.

Nordic-Baltic society is one of the three main communities in Northern Europe: these are Nordic, Baltic and Baltic Sea Region. The Nordic - Baltic region has some 32 million citizens, and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of close to $1.5 trillion, which makes it the tenth‐largest population and fifthlargest economy in Europe.

Furthermore, the region features relatively low levels of corruption; with the Nordic countries some of the least corrupt countries in the world. Also, the countries of the region place well in global freedom rankings, with several of the states at the absolute top.

The Nordic‐Baltic countries also do well in surveys that measure the ease of doing business and creating new companies.

The Human Development Index places many of the countries in the region among the most developed in the world. The terms Baltic regionBaltic Rim countries and Baltic Sea countries refer to diverse blending of countries surrounding the Baltic Sea. The countries that have shorelines along the Baltic Sea - DenmarkEstoniaLatviaFinlandGermanyLithuaniaPolandRussia, and Sweden.

Language branches in the Nordic – Baltic region and the Baltic Sea countries are Baltic, Finnic, North Germanic, West Germanic, and Slavic.

Professional Translation Service agency Baltic Media Ltd operates in Nordic- Baltic region

The Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region is home to a diverse range of languages, including:

  • North Germanic languages: Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
  • West Germanic languages: English, German
  • Finnic languages: Finnish, Estonian
  • Baltic languages: Lithuanian, Latvian
  • Slavic languages: Russian, Polish

North Germanic languages are the most common first language in the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. West Germanic languages are the most common first language in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany. Finnic languages are the most common first language in Finland and Estonia. Baltic languages are the most common first language in Lithuania and Latvia. Slavic languages are the most common first language in Russia and Poland.

In addition to these major language families, there are a number of minority languages spoken in the Northern Europe and Baltic Sea region, including Sami languages, Celtic languages, and sign languages.

Here is a table of the most common first languages in the Northern Europe and Baltic Sea region, by country:

Country Most common first language
Denmark Danish
Estonia Estonian
Faroe Islands Faroese
Finland Finnish
Germany German
Iceland Icelandic
Ireland English
Latvia Latvian
Lithuania Lithuanian
Norway Norwegian
Poland Polish
Russia Russian
Sweden Swedish
United Kingdom English


It is important to note that this is just a general overview of the languages spoken in the Northern Europe and Baltic Sea region. There is a great deal of variation within each country, and many people speak multiple languages.

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