Swedish is a North Germanic language – a descendant of Old Norse – and is spoken by more than 8,5 million native speakers. Worldwide, there are approximately 10 million speakers of Swedish. The largest number of Swedish-speaking people is located in Sweden and a smaller percentage in Finland. There, Swedish is also an official language and taught in schools.
Although different languages, Swedish and Norwegian or Danish people can communicate without problems, because the languages are akin. There are also some resemblances between Swedish and German. Morphologically, Swedish also has some similarities with English in that it possesses very few inflections
In the different countries and regions of Sweden, you can find many dialects that may or may not be very different from the official language. Another special feature about Swedish is the existence of a stress accent and a melodic word accent. The former is the way a word is pronounced, whereas the latter is the kind of melody the speaker is using when speaking the word. There are two forms of the melodic word accent you have to distinguish. There is the one that is used mainly in loanwords and there is the second one, which is responsible for “sing-song” of Swedish pronunciation.
There are 29 letters in the Swedish alphabet. It is interesting to know, that w was not recognised as a distinct letter but an special form of v. This was changed in 2006, but still w only appears in loanwords. The high number of letters in the Swedish alphabet can be explained with the recognition of umlauts as independent letters.
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