Swedish-speaking areas

Swedish is a North Germanic language, spoken predominantly in Sweden and parts of Finland, especially along the coast and on the Åland islands. It is to a considerable extent mutually intelligible with Norwegian and to a lesser extent with Danish.

Along with the other North Germanic languages, Swedish is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era.

Swedish language periods

Runic Swedish800-1225Runsvenska
Early Old Swedish1225-1375Klassisk fornsvenska
Late Old Swedish1375-1526Yngre fornsvenska
Early Modern Swedish1526-1750Äldre nysvenska
Late Modern Swedish1750-1880Yngre nysvenska
Early Contemporary Swedish1880-Nusvenska
Contemporary Swedish1950-

Swedish languages

There are many variants of standard Swedish. Some of these are considered dialects and other as separate languages.