The official language of Iceland, Icelandic is part of the Indo-European language family and is closely related to Faroese and Norwegian.
With an estimated 320,000 Icelandic speakers worldwide – the majority residing in Iceland – some linguists believe Icelandic to be a relatively insular language, as it has not been heavily influenced by any other languages. Because of this, it is still relatively easy for Icelandic speakers to read and understand Icelandic texts from hundreds of years ago. Unlike the majority of other languages, Icelandic does not usually incorporate words from other languages and is seen by some as a dying language, outside of Iceland. Although many Icelandic residents also speak other languages such as English, Dutch or Norwegian, the importance of translating content into a speaker’s mother tongue should not be underestimated.
Here at Brightlines, we’ve helped brands such as Microsoft, De Beers and GE Healthcare, to do just that.
Call Brightlines if you need Icelandic translation services or simply need advice. We are here to help you.