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About Swedish

Swedish - svenska - is a North Germanic language descended from Old Norse. It is mostly spoken in Sweden but is also an official language of Finland, which has a minority Swedish-speaking population of about 300,000 people. Swedish is close enough to Norwegian and Danish for speakers to be able to understand each other to a high degree. The vocabulary is mostly Germanic, with influences from French, Latin and Greek. As with its sister languages, Swedish adds its definite article - the - onto the end of its nouns, so ‘tåg’ is ‘train’ but ‘tåget’ is ‘the train’.

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Fun facts — Swedish

  • Your maternal grandfather is your morfar, which means 'mother's father', while your paternal grandfather is your farfar, 'father's father'.
  • Swedish only became the official language of Sweden in 2009.
  • If someone walks like a cat around hot porridge - gå som katten kring het gröt - they avoid the issue.
  • Swedish uses the letter 'ä' where Danish and Norwegian use 'æ'.

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