My son yesterday brought a leaflet about Nordic languages, “Nordens språk”.
When reading this paper I just recalled how close to each other the Nordic languages are. We have been travelling in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. And in all those countries I have had no problem in making myself understood in Swedish variant that is spoken in Finland.
Norwegian, Danish, Swedish (in Sweden) — no problem in communicating with the people in Swedish there.
In the leaflet, I checked the verb ‘to forget’:
- Swedish: glömma
- Danish: glemme
- Faroese: gloyma
- Norwegian: glemme
- Icelandic: gleyma
- Finnish: unohtaa
- Greenlandic: puigorpaa
Yes, the Finnish and Greenlandic differ from the other Nordic languages. They don’t belong to the Germanic language family.