Faroe Islands Languages

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The principal language is Faeroese [føroyskt], a Nordic language descended from old Norse. It is closely related to Icelandic and the Western dialects of Norwegian, but with enough difference from both to make it unintelligible to outsiders, unless spoken very slowly. Faroese was long regarded as a peasant language and the written form was not standardized until the 1890s. Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish are widely understood and spoken. Knowledge of English is also quite common. Records are written in Danish or Faeroese.[1]

For word list and help researching in Faroe Island records, see:


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Faeroe Islands,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1990-2000.