Swedish is a Germanic language that belongs to the Indo-European language family. The Swedish language is closely related to Danish and Norwegian and derives from Old Norse, i.e. the language of the Germanic peoples in Scandinavia. Swedish was also influenced by the Low German Hanseatic League.
The Swedish language has about 10.5 million speakers, of which about 8.5 million are in Sweden and 290,000 as the Finnish-Swedish minority in Finland. Swedish is well understood in the Scandinavian region. A mixed language ("Svorsk") has even developed from the Norwegian and Swedish colloquial languages. Both the grammar and vocabulary of Swedish show similarities with other Scandinavian languages. In Finland, Finnish and Swedish are official languages with equal rights, and Swedish has only been the official language in Sweden since 1 July 2009.