Swedish (or Svenska) , the official language in Sweden and Finland, is also spoken widely in the United Kingdom as well as Canada. With over 10 million native speakers, Swedish is one of the Norse languages, closely resembling the Danish and the Norwegian languages.
Swedish is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and 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. It is currently the largest of the North Germanic languages by numbers of speakers.
Standard Swedish, used by most Swedish people, is the national language that evolved from the Central Swedish dialects in the 19th century and was well established by the beginning of the 20th century.