Norway 200 Years: How Danish Language Has Gone Wrong

Norway 200 Years: How Danish Language Has Gone Wrong

Parody of how Norway became independent from Denmark – and how the Danish language came to be. Why did Norway make it’s own constitution in 1814? This video gives you a creative and funny, yet wildly inaccurate, history lesson.

Norwegian and Danish are very similar languages, and even if most Danes and Norwegians understand each other, there are some subtle differences that can cause misunderstanding. e.g. The Danish sentence “May I” becomes “Have to” in Norwegian. Also, Denmark have their own number system between 50 and 90, which is not easy for foreigners to understand. This have caused lot’s of lighthearted jokes between the Scandinavians.

▶ History: 2014 marks Norway’s 200 year anniversary as an independent nation. On the 17th of May 1814, a constitutional convention declared Norway independent from Denmark. And in reality, Norwegians actually spoke closer to Danish during this time period. Today, Norwegian and Danish people

Director, writer and editor: Eskild Fors
Cinematography: Anders Øvergaard
Dane: Sebastian Legaard
Norwegian: Joakim Hansen
Music: Edvard Grieg

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