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Swedish is spoken by roughly 8.3 million people, in at least 10 territories. It is strongly related to Norwegian and Danish; in fact, all three are largely mutual intelligibe, and are often considered as dialects of a Scandinavian continuum.

Outside of Sweden, the largest Swedish-speaking population is in Finland; mainly the coastal areas of the south and west, and the Aland Islands. There are also smaller numbers of speakers in Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom and Estonia, and further away in the United States and Canada.

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak Swedish as a first language that live in that territory.

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