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    Quote Originally Posted by Þoreiðar View Post
    Such a division doesn't make sense today. A Norwegian and an Icelander can (without prior knowledge) only understand some words here and there from each other's language. While a Norwegian, Swede and Dane can actually have a conversation, with some patience and attentiveness. A more reasonable division would be a 'Mainland Scandinavian' and 'Insular Scandinavian'.
    Believe it or not, but several years ago, I was the one who edited that Wikipedia article to reflect groupings by Insular and Continental, the same as you here profess and I agree to, because it originally only reflected the West and East divisions. Would Nynorsk muddy the waters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodskarl Dubhgall
    Would Nynorsk muddy the waters?
    Nynorsk (And bokmål) are only written languages, not spoken. I've heard that people in the west of Norway have an easier time understanding Icelandic and Faroese, but that's very anecdotal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodskarl Dubhgall View Post
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    Austria & Liechtenstein
    Switzerland & Luxembourg
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    Rather Switzerland & Liechtenstein I'd say. They use the Swiss franc since 1920, speak High Alemannic languages, rely on Switzerland for their national defence and have also a policy of neutrality. Following a request of the government of Liechtenstein in 1919, Switzerland is also in charge of the safeguard of Liechtenstein's interests and citizens abroad. They adopted the same VAT rates, connect to the Swiss Postbus transport sytem and have the closest airport in Zürich. And their football teams play in the Swiss football leagues....

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