Icelandic voice-over production made simple
As an established Icelandic voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Icelandic Voice-Over Service and Icelandic Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Icelandic voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Icelandic voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Icelandic voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Icelandic voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Icelandic audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Icelandic voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the Icelandic language
Icelandic belongs to the West Scandinavian group of the North Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages. Along with other Scandinavian languages, it derives from Old Norse, which was spoken by the Germanic people who lived in Scandinavia during the Viking era.
Icelandic, Norwegian and Faroese derive from the West Norse dialect group, while Danish and Swedish derive from East Norse. Today, Icelandic and Faroese are categorised as Insular Scandinavian, while Danish, Norwegian and Swedish (which are essentially mutually intelligible) are classified as Mainland Scandinavian.
Old Norse was brought to Iceland in the 9th century by Norwegian settlers, and from the 14th century onwards it began to diverge significantly from the language spoken in Norway. The first written Icelandic texts, dating back to the 12th century, include the famous Icelandic Sagas and the historical writings of Snorri Sturluson.
Centuries of Danish rule had little effect on the development of Icelandic, partly due to the country’s remoteness and scattered population. Its resistance to change is a strong characteristic of the language, as is its uniformity – there are few dialects. Read more
Which countries have Icelandic as a national language?
Icelandic is the official language of Iceland.
How many people speak Icelandic as their first language?
It is estimated that there are over 300,000 Icelandic speakers – most of whom live in Iceland. Around 8,000 Icelandic speakers live in Denmark, another 5,000 live in the United States, and there are 1,500 in Canada.
Did you know…
- Because Icelandic has changed so little over the centuries, to a large extent modern Icelanders can still read and understand the original 12th century sagas.
- In the 19th century, Iceland began to take an active approach to maintaining the purity of the language. Words that had been borrowed from Celtic, Danish, Latin and Romance languages were replaced with Icelandic words, and today new words continue to be coined for new concepts, rather than adopting foreign words.
- The literacy rate in Iceland is the highest in the world – 99.9%.
- The Icelandic alphabet includes four letters that are not used in English: Ð,ð (similar to ‘th’ in bother), Þ,þ (similar to ‘th’ in thanks), Æ,æ (like ‘i’ in mine) and Ö,ö (like ‘u’ in fur).
The Icelandic economy
Like other Scandinavian countries, Iceland has a mixed social-market economy, combining free market principles with an extensive welfare system.
Before the financial crisis of 2008, in which the country’s three largest banks collapsed, the economy was characterised by high growth, low unemployment and an even distribution of income.
Iceland’s fishing industry accounts for 40% of export income, 12% of GDP and employs 5% of the workforce. The economy has been diversifying into manufacturing and service industries, including software, biotechnology and tourism.