Should you learn Swedish, then? Or Icelandic?


Morale: Swedes use strange words (fönster, trottoir, örngott, fåtölj) and  even letters (ö, ä for ø, æ). Norwegians understand Swedes and Danes better than vice versa. Norwegian is Danish with Swedish-ish accent. Norwegian is even makes you understand quite a bit of Icelandic.

There. Case closed. Next time: Bokmål or Nynorsk?


Should you learn Norwegian or Danish?


Morale: Norwegian is easier to understand and to pronounce. (With apologies to my Danish friends.) In addition, Norwegian nature is much better than Danish nature unless you’re a fan of endless, rainy, windy, sandy beaches and a landscape flat like a pancake. And flies.