Miko the Kitty
Munduslingua – Language: Icelandic is a North Germanic language with about 330,000 native speakers, most of which live primarily in Iceland. As any language, Icelandic has a rich history dating back to old texts from as soon as the 12th century. Throughout time, Icelandic has developed into a modern language that is currently regulated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Iceland.
Nowadays, in an attempt to protect modern Icelandic from borrowing an excessive number of foreign words, a day was chosen to encourage particularly the young generations to make use of native Icelandic words. For this November 16 was declared Icelandic Language Day (Icelandic: dagur íslenskrar tungu), a yearly celebration chosen to fall on the birthday anniversary of one of Iceland‘s most influential poets of all times: Jónas Hallgrímsson (16 November 1807 – 26 May 1845).
Icelandic Language Day is also a day where the Minister of Education awards the prestigious Jónas Hallgrímsson Prize, a yearly recognition to someone for an extraordinary contribution to the Icelandic language. Laureates of the Jónas Hallgrímsson Award include authors such as Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir for her formidable depiction of the “life and work, dreams and longings of Icelandic women”. http://www.munduslingua.com/chat/stories/destination_images/nov_16_2013.jpg