Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery city. Any ideas where it is and which languages are spoken there?

Mystery city

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13 Responses to Where in the world?

  1. Kyle says:

    That looks like Nuuk, the capital of Greenland. They speak Greenlandic and Danish.

  2. renato figueiredo says:

    Reykjavik, Iceland, language Icelandic
    or

    Faroes Island,tórshavn ciy, languages faroes and Danish

  3. jake says:

    That’s what I thought, Reykjavik, Iceland.
    Lange: Icelandic.

  4. Daydreamer says:

    Reykjavík is supposed to have more than 100.000 inhabitants and that photo of a rural town simply doesn’t fit.
    If it was Nuuk, I would expect masses of snow even in the summer.
    So I’d agree with renato figueiredo and go for Thorshavn.

  5. Stuart Mudie says:

    Wherever it is, I want to live there – those houses look great!

  6. LandTortoise says:

    Faroe Islands: Faroese

  7. d.m.falk says:

    Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. :) It’s NOT Nuuk, Greenland, since Nuuk has been rather modernised in recent years by the Danish government (and it’s green in Nuuk during the summer- Just no trees, much like most Arctic tundra communities.) As for Thoshaven, there should be some trees.

    Languages spoken in Iqaluit: Inuktitut (and other Inuit languages), English and French. It is the capital of the Nunavut territory, and principle community, with less than 15,000 inhabitants. Plans are to develop Iqaluit with more modern facilities, particularly for the new territorial government, which was just formed in 1999 on the creation of the territory.

    d.m.f.

  8. Adam Rae says:

    I was lucky enough to visit the Faroe Islands this summer and although the picture does resemble the style of buildings, many but certainly not all, have turf covered roofs which I can’t see in the picture.

    If it was taken in the Faroes, then Faroese would be the language. I attempted to learn a little (mostly ‘pub’ Faroese) and found it a fascinating cross between Icelandic and Danish – unsurprising given it’s geography and history I guess!

    I real must to go and visit if you ever get the chance.

  9. Torshavn gets my vote too.

    As a Welshman I’m really impressed by their confindence in their language and country. I’d love to visit the islands. Two daily newspapers in Faroes for a linguistic communityof about 50,000 – impressive!

  10. Daniel says:

    Yes, I’m going with Torshavn because of the building style and color, and the landscape.

  11. Simon says:

    The answer is Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, where the main languages are Greenlandic and Danish, and English is also widely spoken.

    The photo comes from this site

    I’ve just added a page of Greenlandic phrases to Omniglot, by the way, and also one in Inuktitut.

  12. Lyydie says:

    Norwegian? Maybe Iceland? How about Greenland? Or maybe Finland?

    Swedish?

    Dutch?

  13. d.m.falk says:

    Simon- Had you used the picture just below that one, I would’ve said Nuuk right off! :D This was was more of a stumper, given you don’t see much of, if at all, of the city center.

    d.m.f.