Only 11.6% of Norwegian students taught in Nynorsk

Schoolroom - classroomPhoto: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB

Statistic Norway (Statistik sentralbyrå, SSB) has released figures from a survey that have shown a decline in the use of Nynorsk in schools.

Bokmål dominates, drop in Nynorsk

A survey, conducted by the SSB, shows the declining popularity of Nynorsk as a language in Norwegian schools. Results show that 87.3% of students in primary and middle school use and study Bokmål. Nynorsk has seen its use and study drop in the past two decades from 14.8% in 2001 to only 11.6% in 2021. Some 878 students were taught in the Samí language whilst 6.293 students were taught in a language other than these 3.

There are no more counties left in the counties where a majority of students are taught in Nynorsk. The largest share is in Møre og Romsdal and Vestland counties with 49% and 48% respectively.

In 4 counties, Troms and Finnmark, Nordland, Trøndelag and Oslo there are no students being taught in Nynorsk. The use of language, in primary school, is determined by the location of the municipality.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayEducation

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