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Bokmål vs. Nynorsk

Difference Bokmål vs. Nynorsk

There are two official forms of written Norwegian: Bokmål (literally "book language") and Nynorsk (literally "new Norwegian"). The Norwegian Language Council recommends the terms "Norwegian Bokmål" and "Norwegian Nynorsk" in English.

Around 86–90% of Norwegians use Bokmål as their daily written language, and 10–12% use Nynorsk, although most spoken dialects resemble Nynorsk more closely than Bokmål. The Norwegian broadcasting corporation (NRK) broadcasts in both Bokmål and Nynorsk, and all governmental agencies are required to support both written languages. Bokmål is used in 90% of all written publications, Nynorsk in 10% (2022).