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Language History:

Icelandic is a language from the North Germanic family, but while many European languages have evolved to reduce the inflections, Icelandic has retained four case synthetic forms of grammar.

The language began as a dialect which was developed from Old Norse. The Danish occupation and rule between 1380 and 1918 had a very unnoticeable effect on the language’s evolution. Icelandic was in daily use and extremely common within the population except for certain notable periods when Danish became more commonly used, between the years 1700 and 1900 and during the Second World War when it was occupied by Allied forces.

The modern form of the Icelandic alphabet was based on a standard established by a Danish linguist and has developed from there. The written form of the language has not changed particularly since the thirteenth century, with modern speakers able to understand texts written eight hundred years before. Original sagas usually contain footnotes and updated more modern spelling but many Icelanders can with a little effort read and understand the original manuscripts. This resistance for development or change has become a major characteristic of the Icelandic language, along with its uniformity or absence of written dialects.

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About Our Professional Icelandic Translation Services:

Our professional team of translators has a vast amount of experience with the Icelandic language. The majority of our translators are native speakers and are able to recognize different dialects and the often subtle differences which occur between regions. Our translation team can fulfill an accurate translation of any source material, even if it is legal or technical in nature.

Number of people speaking:

The number of native speakers is estimated to be 320,000, although there is potentially another 20,000 who speak it as a second language.


There are no formal dialects but there are subtle regional variations in pronunciation. These have diminished over the last fifty years but are still noticeable in some areas.

Countries Spoken:

The majority of native speakers are in Iceland and Norway, however, there are large communities of speakers in Denmark, the USA and Canada.

Some Fun Facts about Icelandic:

Many experts believe that Icelandic is the oldest language in Europe. This is mainly due to the lack of change since the language was developed. The oldest examples of preserved texts were dated to 1100 AD.

Icelandic surnames are extremely rare, since family names are usually inherited from foreign ancestors. Therefore women cannot take their husbands surname as usually he doesn’t have one. To reduce the confusion and ambiguity, Icelanders are listed in a telephone directory by their first name and profession.

Icelanders are also ranked with the highest rate of literacy in the world

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At One Hour Translation, we are happy to offer our clients a translation with an extremely fast turnaround without compromising the quality and accuracy. Our team of native speaking translators are fluent in more than 73 different languages with well over 2000 language pairs.

All our translations are completely accurate and can be read as if they were composed by a native legal professional. We are confident of this as the majority of our professional translators live in country and are native speakers. Even documentation which is legal or technical in nature such as tax documentation, certificates or property issues can be quickly and accurately translated. We are able to offer work of the highest quality delivered very quickly for a competitive fixed fee.

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