Official languages

The Norwegian passport features the name of the country in both official languages, as well as in English

Letter published in the Jewish Chronicle, 26 August 2011

Geoffrey Alderman’s reference to Norway in his discussion of the proposed new language law in Israel is more relevant than he realises.  (“Knesset is a democratic body”, 12 August)

That is because Norway has not one official language but two: Bokmål, which is spoken by the majority of the population, and Nynorsk, which is spoken by only 12 per cent of the country’s citizens.

If Norway can find room for an official language spoken by one in eight of its inhabitants, is it impossible for Israel to make space for a language spoken by one in five of the people who live there?

Yours faithfully

Richard Laming

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