About the language

Icelandic is a North Germanic language and derives from the West Nordic varieties of the North Germanic language continuum. As such, it is part of the Indo-European family of languages. It is the primary language of the vast majority of the Icelandic population (97 per cent), some 320,000 people.

The closest relatives of Icelandic are the Nordic languages Faroese, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish, but Icelandic has retained more of the inflection of its ancestor, Old Icelandic or Old Norse.

Icelandic uses the Latin alphabet, and the Icelandic alphabet consists of the following 32 letters: A Á B D Ð E É F G H I Í J K L M N O Ó P R S T U Ú V X Y Ý Þ Æ Ö

The diacritics (accents) over the vowels signify neither stress nor length as in many other languages; instead, the vowels with diacritics represent phonemes differing from their counterparts without diacritics.

STP services

STP offers translation, revision, editing, transcreation and SEO services from English, German, Danish and Swedish into Icelandic, and from Icelandic into English. We translate up to half a million words into Icelandic every year.

  • English to Icelandic
  • Danish to Icelandic
  • German to Icelandic
  • Swedish to Icelandic
  • Icelandic into English

Over the last decade, STP has provided Icelandic translation services in over 50 domains. We have served over 200 clients with two million words of Icelandic translation during this period. Our team of linguists has a strong focus on technical translation, encompassing mechanical engineering, agricultural and forestry texts. In particular, we have delivered over 600,000 words for one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of agricultural, construction and forestry machinery, for whom our linguists have translated various text types including user documentation and user interface, software strings and website texts.

ISO-certified

STP was the first company in the UK to achieve both ISO 17100 and ISO 18587 certification. Whether the translation is done by our in-house experts or one of our carefully sourced freelancers, you can be confident that a translation produced by STP will hit the mark.

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