Thursday, 13 November 2014

Slow TV bringing Kvensk to to a wider audience

Part of NRK's charter as the state public service broadcaster is to promote Norwegian culture. That will certainly be happening during Salmeboka Minutt for Minutt - the hymn book marathon in just over a couple weeks from this post with something like 180 choirs (I have seen a higher figure cited, but recent press release is a little lower) over 60 hours singing 899 hymns live on NRK2.

Hymns will be sung in Nynorsk, Bokmål, as well as some lesser known Norwegian dialects and regional variations. One of these is Kvensk - a language of the Kven people. When I first saw "KvääniÄäniis" the similarity to Finnish was striking. Indeed, it's a blend of Norwegian and Finnish. Google Translate has become a good friend in recent months, but it really struggles with this one!

If you would like to see a little more, see the Kven Culture Centre's page here.

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1 comment:

  1. There are six hymns in Kvensk in Norsk Salmebok 2013 - these will be performed from Tromsø during the broadcast.