10. Scandinavian intercomprehension today
The article presents the results from a study on the understanding of written and spoken Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. The study was carried out in the years 2003–2005 within the INS-project and involves pupils and adults from the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The results are compared to those from a study published by Maurud in 1976. The comparison of the two studies reveals significant changes in the mutual understanding in Scandinavia that can be attributed to political and economical internationalisation and globalisation, changes in the media landscape and an increasing migration rate into Scandinavia, but also between the Scandinavian countries. The study is completed by a simultaneous investigation of the comprehension of English.