Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Iceland
Most people in Iceland are ethnic Icelanders, which is essentially
a combination of Norse and Celtic. This group is most closely related to other Nordic
people, most closely related to the Norwegians. Like the
Norwegians and other Nordic people, the Icelanders also have significant similarities
to the people of the British Isles, particularly the Irish and Scots.
There is no official language in Iceland, although Icelandic
is the most commonly spoken language among locals, while
English is perhaps the most commonly learned second language. Other Scandinavian
languages and German are also popular to varying degrees.
Icelandic is most closely related to Norwegian then more
distantly to the other Scandinavian languages, including Danish and Swedish. Nearly
everyone speaks at least a minimal amount of English as well, although few are native