Norwegians (Norwegian: nordmenn) are a North Germanic ethnic group and nation native to Norway, where they form the vast majority of the population.[19][20][21][22][23][24] They share a common culture and speak the Norwegian language. Norwegians are descended from the Norse of the Early Middle Ages who formed a unified Kingdom of Norway in the 9th century. During the Viking Age, Norwegians and other Norse peoples conquered, settled and ruled parts of the British Isles, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland.[25] Norwegians are closely related to other North Germanic peoples and descendants of the Norsemen such as Danes, Swedes, Icelanders and the Faroe Islanders, as well as groups such as the Scots whose nation they significantly settled and left a lasting impact in.[26][27][28] The Norwegian language is part of the larger Scandinavian dialect continuum of generally mutually intelligible languages in Scandinavia. Norwegian people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.[29][30] Norwegians are traditionally Lutheran since the Reformation in Denmark–Norway and Holstein which made Lutheranism the only legal religion in the country, however large portions of the population are now either non-practicing, atheist or agnostic.[31][32]

Total population
c. 10 milliona
Regions with significant populations
 Norway 4,548,958[1]
 United States4,642,526[2]
 United Kingdom[a][b]
also  Shetland and  Orkney
 New Zealand1,400[14]
Lutheranism (Church of Norway)[18] Historically Norse paganism and Catholic Christianity.
Related ethnic groups
Other Germanic peoples
(especially North Germanic peoples)

a. ^ Based on table of given countries above. Includes those of partial Norwegian ancestry but does not include people of Faroese, Icelandic, Orcadian or Shetland ancestry.

b. ^ Note that there are millions of Britons of Scandinavian ancestry and ethnicity, though mixed with others.

c. ^ 2,700 were born in Norway; 23,000 claim Norwegian ancestry or partial Norwegian ancestry.

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