Norwegian (Norsk) comes from the Germanic language group of the Indo-European family of languages. It is spoken by about 4.5 million Norwegians.
1. Norwegian among other Scandinavian languages
Historically Norwegian is mostly close to the Icelandic and Faroese languages which belong together to the North Germanic languages. Thanks to the significant influence of Danish and Swedish, Norwegian language is close to these languages as well. Due to modern classification Norwegian, Swedish and Danish form a group of continental Scandinavian languages unlike Island Scandinavian languages such as Icelandic and Faroese.