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Ancient Nordic / Proto Norse
Evolved from Proto Germanic, this Indo-European language was spoken in Scandinavia from the first centuries AD until the 8th century. The writing system was the Elder Futhark.
This language was spoken during the Viking ages from about 700-1300 AD. The Old West Norse dialect was spoken in Iceland and Norway, the Old East Norse dialect was spoken in Sweden and Denmark, and there was a third dialect spoken on the Island Gotland: Old Gutnish. The writing system was the Younger Futhark.
Old Danish evolved from Old East Norse and was the medieval language spoken in Denmark (about 13th - 16th century AD). The writing system was the Latin alphabet.
Modern Danish is spoken by about 6 million people in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the north of Germany. It evolved from Old Danish via Middle Danish to this modern North Germanic language.