Learn More About Sweden and the Swedish Language

Among the interesting Swedish language facts an important spot is taken by the foreign languages spoken in Sweden.


Foreign languages spoken in Sweden

English, in 1849, slowly replaced the German language and became mandatory to be studied in schools. Currently it is still a compulsory subject from the third to ninth grade and Swedish students in secondary schools have to study English for at least another year. Today most students study an additional language. The most popular languages are Spanish, French and German.

Due to the widespread use of English language, perhaps it should be regarded as a foreign or second language in Sweden. Swedish government proposed plans primarily to strengthen the status of the Swedish language. So, in 2009 for the first time in the history of the Swedish language, it was announced the official language of the country.

Languages are full of surprises. It’s because they didn’t form overnight. Languages are the amalgamation of cultures, lifestyles and sometimes even accidents. Swedish is also one such language. There are plenty of Swedish Language Facts but the fun facts will blow your mind for sure.

For starters, Did you know that Sweden has a Kingdom? chances are, you do, but you sure didn’t know that the word “SWEDEN” means Kingdom itself.

Now come to the language, if as a child you learnt from your parents to say please before asking anything to anyone, this one will literally amaze you.

There is no way to say please in Swedish. Yes, it’s true, there is no way to be polite in Swedish other than saying “Tack” which means thank you.

If you ever learn to speak Swedish, you’ll most likely understand Danish and Norwegian. This is because Sweden is geographically close to both Norway and Denmark and the languages are pretty similar. So that’s definitely a three in one if you start a Swedish language course.


Swedish Language Facts

Sweden, Norwegian, and Denmark are close geographically, and their languages are similar, aswell. Swedish differentiates between your grandfather on your mother’s and your father’s side. Your father’s father is your farfar, which translates to “father father.” Your mother’s father is morfar, which means “mother father.” Of course, the same rule implements for grandmothers, too. More words in Swedish begin with “S” than any other letter. Like English, very fewer words start with “Q” and “X,” which is good to know if you’re thinking about testing your Swedish friends to a game of Scrabble. Many Swedish words formed it into the English language. Examples of Swedish loanwords carry gravlax (a Nordic dish), moped (composed of motor” and “pedal,” this word applies to a motorcycle), ombudsman (a public advocate), orienteering (sports using navigational abilities), rutabaga (a root vegetable).