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Swedish
svenska
Pronunciation [ˈsvɛ̂nskâ]
Native to Sweden, Finland
Native speakers 8.7 million  (2007)
Language family
Indo-European
  • Germanic
    • North Germanic
      • East Scandinavian
        • Swedish
Early forms:
Old Swedish
  • Modern Swedish
    • Swedish
Writing system Latin
Official status
Official language in Sweden
Finland
Language codes
ISO 639-1 sv
ISO 639-2 swe
ISO 639-3 swe

Swedish is a North Germanic language, spoken by approximately 10 million people, predominantly in Sweden and parts of Finland, where it has equal legal standing with Finnish. It is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and Danish.

Along with the other North Germanic languages, Swedish is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era. It is currently the largest of the North Germanic languages by numbers of speakers.

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