An Overview of the Swedish Language
Swedish is the official language of Sweden, and also one of the official languages in the neighbouring country of Finland. Standard Swedish emerged during the 19th Century, originating from the Central Swedish dialects.
The History of Swedish
Swedish is considered a North Germanic Language, and developed from Old Norse steadily through the ages. Through major influence from the spread of the printing press, it gradually emerged into the Swedish that we know today.
Interesting Swedish Language Facts:
Swedish was only made the official language of Sweden in 2009!
Almost as many people in Sweden speak English as speak Swedish.
Sweden attracts about 5 million tourists every year.
Finland was part of Sweden from the 13th Century until 1809.
Swedish is a popular country for international students, with the high standards of living as well as the Swedish people’s deserved reputation for being friendly and welcoming. A number of recent Swedish language television dramas and feature films have given the language a boost, including the immensely popular Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, as well as Bridge. Other Scandinavian TV shows such as The Killing (Danish) have further increased interest in Scandinavian languages and culture.
Learning Swedish has become more popular in Europe, and if you’re planning on spending a lot of time in Scandinavia, being able to speak Swedish will certainly come in handy. You may find that many Swedes will talk to you in English, but to really immerse yourself in the culture, it is always good to know some of the local languages. Whether you’re just visiting for a short time, or whether you are spending a while in this beautiful part of the world, learning Swedish is a skill that will improve your visit.
Learning Swedish with Overpass Apps
We have created a number of language learning apps, including French, English, Mandarin, and many more. We’re not just developers, but we are language enthusiasts – and we want to help others improve on their language skills. Our range of language learning games are designed to be fun, and to make the process light-hearted and enjoyable. It’s fun to speak another language, but it can sometimes be frustrating to learn one. That’s why our apps are fun, and mentally stimulating – to keep you engaged in your learning process.