Swedish is a member of the North Germanic group of Indo-European languages spoken by more than nine million people, mainly in Sweden and parts of Finland. It is to a considerable extent mutually intelligible with Norwegian. Along with the other North Germanic languages, Swedish is a descendant of the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era. Standard Swedish, the national language of Sweden evolved from the Central Swedish dialects in the 19th century and was well-established by the beginning of the 20th century.

Map of Swedish language speakers.
Map of Swedish language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: almost 10 million

Main Countries: Sweden and Finland

Alternate names: Svenska, Ruotsi

ISO 639-3 Code: swe

Language Sample

Alla människor är födda fria och lika i värde och rättigheter. De har utrustats med förnuft och samvete och bör handla gentemot varandra i en anda av gemenskap.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Some proverbs in Swedish:

Allmosa är till fromma både för den som får och för den som ger
Charity supports both the giver and receiver

Skämtet är den kvickes vapen; allvaret är den dummes sköld
The joke is the weapon of the witty; being serious is the shield of the stupid (he needs it)

Andras fel lär bäst
The faults of others are the best teachers

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Swedish:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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