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Ukrainian

Ukrainian / Українська Ukrainian is an East Slavic language spoken by approximately 30 million people in Ukraine. During Soviet era in Ukraine, Russian took over as the main language of education and employment. After Ukraine’s declaration of independence in 1991, Ukrainian was reinstated as the official language and is now used in all parts of life.

Lithuanian

Lithuanian / Lietuvių Kalba Lithuanian is a Baltic language and is closely related to Latvian. It has about 3.2 million native speakers in Lithuania and about 200,000 in the rest of the world. Lithuanian is a conservative language and linguists take great interest in it as it is believed to be the oldest surviving Proto Indo-European … Continued

Norwegian

Norwegian / Norsk Norwegian together with Swedish, Danish, Faroese and Icelandic makes up the North Germanic languages. Norwegian is closely related to Danish and Swedish and the three languages are more or less mutual intelligible.

German

German / Deutsch German is the official language of Germany and Austria, and is also spoken across Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and a small corner of France called Alsace. Standard German is spoken by around 90 million people across the globe and, if you count its regional varieties, that figure increases to 120 million.

Icelandic

Icelandic / Íslenska Icelandic is a North Germanic language spoken by approximately 330,000 people. It became the dominant language of Iceland after replacing Gaelic. While northern trade routes brought limited contact with German, English, Dutch, French and Basque, Iceland has historically been extremely linguistically isolated.

Albanian

Albanian / Shqip Albanian is an Indo-European language spoken by approximately 5.5 million people across the world. Albanian holds official language status in Albania and Kosovo, and is a recognised minority language in Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia.

Latvian

Latvian / Latviešu Valoda Latvian is a Baltic language spoken by approximately 1.4 million people. While Latvian is closely related to Lithuanian, the two are not mutually intelligible. Conversely, even though Latgalian and New Curonian are mutually intelligible with Latvian, some insist they should be treated as separate and distinct languages.

Portuguese

Portuguese / Português Portuguese is a Romance language spoken by over 200 million people across the world. It holds official language status in Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, Macau, Equatorial Guinea and East Timor.

Swedish

Swedish/Svenska Swedish is a North Germanic language not only spoken by Sweden’s nine million inhabitants but also parts of Finland where it has the same legal standing as Finnish. The language originates from Old Norse and is closely related to Norwegian and Danish.

Greek

Greek /ελληνικά Greek is a Hellenic language spoken by around 13 million people, mainly in Greece and Cyprus. Greek holds official language status in Greece and Cyprus, and is a recognised minority language in Albania, Armenia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

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