Swedish (svenska) Swedish is a North Germanic language with around 9 million speakers mainly in Sweden and Finland, and also in Estonia, Norway, Canada and the USA. It is closely related to Norwegian and Danish and is mutually intelligible with them to a large extent, particularly in its written form.

One of the earliest uses of Swedish as a literary language was "Gustav Vasa's Bible", translated and published in 1540-1 under the patronage of King Gustav Vasa.

Finland was ruled by Sweden from the 12th century until 1809 and during that period, Swedish was the main language of government and education there. Today Finnish and Swedish have equal status as official languages in Finland.

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Pronunciation Guide to the Swedish Language

A guide to pronounciation A characteristic of Swedish is the tone, or pitch, accent, which has disappeared in most other Indo-European languages. It is this tone-accent that gives Swedish its typical ‘singsong’ rhythm. The two pitches (acute/"high", and grave/"low") are not marked in written Swedish, and must be learned by listening to the spoken language. You should not worry too much about this admittedly difficult feature, since the choice of pitch very rarely would affect the meaning of a word. Something much more important than using the correct pitch when speaking Swedish, though, is to carefully distinguish between short and long vowel.

Alphabet and Pronunciation excellent guide


Swedish Pronounciation - LexiconTutorials

Understanding the Swedish Pitch Accent


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