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Official language of Denmark, belonging to the Scandinavian (North) branch of the Germanic languages. It began to separate from the other Scandinavian languages c. AD 1000. Modern Danish is the Scandinavian language that has undergone the greatest amount of change from Old Scandinavian. A spelling reform in 1948 eliminated the capitalization of nouns and introduced the letter å for aa, thereby making the spelling more similar to that of Norwegian and Swedish. Evidence of Denmark's political influence can be seen in the stamp of the Danish language on the Norwegian, Swedish, and Icelandic languages. It is taught in the schools of the Faroe Islands, of Iceland, and of Greenland.
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