It belongs to the group of North Germanic languages. It is an example of linguistic purism. Foreign words are replaced by Icelandic neologisms, which are created by a special government commission. The grammar is quite difficult, with nouns assigned to three grammatical genders: masculine, feminine and neuter, with four conjugations, 10 tenses, three voices (active, passive and media), verbs with person, number, voice and tense. It is spoken by approximately 320,000 people, mostly Icelanders at home and abroad.