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The Swedish language is an official language in quite a number of European countries and also among the languages of the Nordic council; it is also recognised as one of the EU’S official languages. Due to Sweden’s colourful history, Swedish is widely used to some extent in Finland and Estonia, as they both have large Swedish-speaking populations.

Like all Scandinavian languages, Swedish derived from the Old-Norse language. Both Danish and Swedish developed from the same splinter language: Eastern Old Norse. The Old Norse language had previously split into two: Eastern and Western, and from there a further three languages that we know of today, Norwegian being the third. German has also had a great deal of influence on Swedish, especially Modern Swedish.

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History of Swedish Language

Swedish belongs to a language family called the Indo-European family of Languages. It is part of a group of languages called the Scandinavian Languages and is also classed as a North-Germanic language. The Standard Swedish spoken by most people today is based on the Stockholm language. Approximately 9 Million people speak Swedish as their first language, and almost all live in Sweden and Finland. Estonia also has a large Swedish speaking population.

Like all Scandinavian languages, Swedish derived from the Old-Norse language. Both Danish and Swedish developed from the same splinter language: Eastern Old Norse. The Old Norse language had previously split into two: Eastern and Western, and from there a further three languages that we know of today, Norwegian being the third. German has also had a great deal of influence on Swedish, especially Modern Swedish.

The Swedish Dialects

Swedish is mostly spoken in its standard form, based upon the language spoken in Stockholm, the countries capital city. However, a very few dialects do still exist, such as Orsa and Narpes. These smaller dialects are mostly spoken within separate parishes, and the communities within these parishes who speak them are often fluent in Standard Swedish also. The majority of Swedish people who use only standardised Swedish however, find these smaller dialects almost unintelligible.

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The birth of Modern Swedish

During the Viking age, all people in Scandinavia spoke Old Norse. This was the beginning of the Swedish Language as we know it today. Then around the 9th century, Old Norse started to divide into splinter groups. The two major branches of Old Norse were the eastern and the western. Then around the 13th century, the eastern further developed into what we know as Danish today, and the western further develop into what we know as Swedish today.

Old Swedish, as it was known was the popular language spoken in the middle ages. This was around the time the Roman Catholic Church was establishing and making its mark in Europe. Latin and Greek languages that came along with it had a large impact on the language.

The major distribution of the New Testament came, which was translated into Swedish. Other great works of literature followed suit, due to the surge in printing. Slowly the influence of Latin and Greek started to die out, and the Swedish we know today started to emerge. We call this period the New Swedish period, around the 16th century, and Swedish has continued to evolve into the standard Stockholm language that the majority of Swedes speak today.

Around the end of the 19th century and into the first half of the 20th century, Swedish literature really started to thrive. This was a time when some of the most notable works ever were produced. One of the most famous authors was a Swede named August Strindberg, his influential writings helped Swedish to stabilise, and "Standard Swedish" spoken today, established and standardised not long after.

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