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.

A a B b C c D d E e F f G g H h I i J j
a be se de e eff ge i ji
K k L l M m N n O o P p Q q R r S s T t
ell em en o pe ku ärr ess te
U u V v W w X x Y y Z z Å å Ä ä Ö ö  
u ve dubbel-ve eks y säta å ä ö  

Note

Z only appears in foreign loanwords.

Pronunciation

Swedish pronunciation

Notes on the pronuncition of Swedish

Notes

A detailed guide to Swedish pronunciation (with audio) can be found at:
http://web.hhs.se/isa/swedish/chap9.htm

Sample text in Swedish

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.

A recording of this text by Anders

Another version of this text by Glenn Brude

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

A recording of this text by Glenn Brude

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Information about Swedish | Swedish phrases | Swedish kinship terms | Tongue twisters in Swedish | Tower of Babel of in Swedish | Swedish learning materials

Links

Information about Swedish language and culture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_language
http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/sweden.html

Online Swedish lessons
http://www2.hhs.se/isa/swedish/
http://www.onlineswedish.com
http://www.personal.psu.edu/adr10/swedish.html
http://www.ielanguages.com/swedish.html
http://www.sweol.com

SwedishPod101.com - Learn Swedish with Free Audio and Video Lessons | Swedish learning software
Learn Swedish with Glossika Mass Sentences

Swedish Flashcards
http://www.swedish-flashcards.com

Swedish phrases
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix/swedish.shtml
http://travelphrase.com/swedish-phrasebook.php
http://www.101languages.net/swedish/basics.html
http://linguanaut.com/english_swedish.htm
http://www.transparent.com/languagepages/Swedish/SwPhrases.htm
http://www.speakswedish.co.uk/phrases/basic_phrases
http://www2.hhs.se/isa/swedish/chap2.htm
http://www.learn-swedish-language-software.com/phrases/FSSwedish.htm

Online Swedish dictionaries
http://folkets-lexikon.csc.kth.se/folkets/folkets.en.html
http://www.freedict.com/onldict/swe.html
http://www.ectaco.co.uk/English-Swedish-Dictionary/
http://www.freelang.net/online/swedish.php
http://g3.spraakdata.gu.se/saob/
http://en.bab.la/dictionary/swedish-english/
http://www.tshwanedje.com/dictionary/thai_svensk_ordbok/

Swedish Electronic talking dictionaries
http://www.ectaco.com

Online Swedish Radio
http://www.sr.se
http://www.listenlive.eu/sweden.html

Online Swedish news
http://www.dn.se
http://www.gp.se
http://www.svd.se
http://www.sydsvenskan.se
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/sweden.htm

Project Runeberg - a volunteer effort to create free electronic editions of classic Nordic (Scandinavian) literature: http://runeberg.org

Learn Swedish with SwedishPod101.com

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