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Norwegian Bokmål
norsk   •   bokmål
Pronunciation [nɔʂk] • [ˈbuːkmɔːl]
Native to Norway, Denmark
Native speakers ~ 4 million  (date missing)
Language family
Standard forms
Bokmål (official)
Riksmål (unofficial)
Writing system Latin (Norwegian alphabet)
Official status
Official language in Norway
Nordic Council
Regulated by Norwegian Language Council (Bokmål proper)
Norwegian Academy (Riksmål)
Linguasphere 52-AAA-ba to -be &
52-AAA-cd to -cg

Bokmål ("ˈbuːkmɔːl", lit. "book language") is one of two official Norwegian languages. It is used in written form. It is one of the standard languages. The other is Nynorsk. Bokmål is used by 85–90% of the population in Norway. It is the standard most common way to teach to foreign students.

Bokmål is regulated by the governmental Norwegian Language Council. A more conservative orthographic standard is called Riksmål. Riksmål is regulated by the non-governmental Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature.

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