The Norwegian language has a difficult history which continues to affect the language's status in Norway today. Due to Norway's complex political history and former union with Denmark, the contemporary Norwegian language exists in two rival forms: Dano-Norwegian, also known as Bokmal or Riksmal, and New Norwegian, or Nynorsk.
The Norwegian language is classified as part of the West Scandinavian branch of the North Germanic language family. The Scandinavian languages we know today, including Danish, Swedish and Norwegian, developed from the Old Norse language of the Vikings.
The weather is relatively set, with warm summers and cold winters, however due to the position of the country on the globe, there are a few months in darkest winter where the sun does not rise above the horizon. The Norwegian language is also useful to learn if you wish to learn any of the other Scandinavian languages, as it is so very similar to them.