Swedish speaking areas

Swedish speaking areas:.

  • Sweden
  • Western fringes of Finland
    (see to the right)

Where Swedish (spoken/written) is understood/very similar:

Svenska writing
  • Denmark
  • Norway

89% of Swedes speak/write English. English is compulsory in school.

 

Similarity with other Scandinavian languages: Danish and Norwegian.

Danish, Swedish and Norwegian are extremely similar with the Danish and Norwegian languages sharing the same alphabet. The Swedish alphabet is the same as the Finnish alphabet (mainly due to past Swedish colonisation of Finland).

All three languages are mutually undertood by each others speakers.

Written Swedish is extremly similar to Danish (see below).

Similarity between Swedish Danish and Norwegian

Swedish text
Alla människor är födda fria och lika i värde och rättigheter. De är utrustade med förnuft och samvete och bör handla gentemot varandra i en anda av broderskap.

Danish text
Alle mennesker er født frie og lige i værdighed og rettigheder. De er udstyret med fornuft og samvittighed, og de bør handle mod hverandre i en broderskabets ånd.

Norwegian text (Bokmål)
Alle mennesker er født frie og med samme menneskeverd og menneskerettigheter. De er utstyrt med fornuft og samvittighet og bør handle mot hverandre i brorskapets ånd.

 

Swedish Latin Alphabet

 

Z is only used in loan (foriegn) words and names.

Swedish uses exactly the same English latin alphabet, except for three more additional letters (see below).

The Swedish alphabet is the same as the Finnish alphabet.

Additions to Latin Alphabet (accents)

To type accents with ALT codes, hold down the ALT key, then on the numeric keypad type the three or four digits listed here. However not with laptops, ALT codes only work with the numeric keypad, NOT the row of numbers across the top of your keyboard, as on laptops.

a with ring
   å      Å  

a with diaeresis accent
   ä      Ä  

o with diaeresis accent
   ö      Ö  

Full Swedish alphabet

   a      A  

   b      B  

   c      C  

   d      D  

   e      E  

   f      F  

   g      G  

   h      H  

   i      I  

   j      J  

   k      K  

   l      L  

   m      M  

   n      N  

   o      O  

   p      P  

   q      Q  

   r      R  

   s      S  

   t      T  

   u      U  

   v      V  

   w      W  

   x      X  

   y      Y  

   z      Z  

a with ring
   å      Å  

a with diaeresis accent
   ä      Ä  

o with diaeresis accent
   ö      Ö  

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