Swedish Language Translation Services
An Accent on Accuracy
The highest quality translations, brisk turnaround schedules, competitive rates, and sharing of our knowledge, are all requisites for ALT‘s success. The complete and accurate translation of your company’s communications is vital to your success. That’s why ALT is obsessed with providing the best translators for YOUR project. High-quality translations are the product of a highly talented and experienced translation team with expertise in your industry. ALT puts all the pieces together to make it happen.
Why choose us for English to Swedish or Swedish to English Translation?
Advanced Language Translation’s Professional Swedish translation services utilize only native speakers to ensure quality and precision translations for your target audience. With Swedish in particular, a deep understanding of Swedish culture is needed for translation to be successful. When doing business in Sweden, professional, human translation is a must. Do not expect to close a business deal or impress your clients with spotty software translation. Only through human translation, edited and customized to your target audience, can your meaning be honestly conveyed and your audience not be offended.
We are proud of our excellent reputation for reliable and high quality Swedish to English and English to Swedish translation services. We have assembled teams of translators from around the world, with an array of skills and specialties and can custom fit the knowledge and strengths of our teams to your specific projects. To demonstrate our commitment to quality and our dedication to our clients, we offer free consultations and provide an industry leading 180-day warranty on translation!
We provide quick and easy custom quotes for your Swedish translation and localization needs.
Need to get the “gist” of Swedish?
Although professional translation is highly recommended for any business, legal or sincere correspondence in Swedish, sometimes it may be ok to use machine translation (via software or the internet) to get the gist of an e-mail or web page. By no means is machine translation an acceptable substitute for professional translation—the technology is not there yet. But it is great for quickly getting the general idea of an article, e-mail, or web site.
Interesting Facts about the Swedish Language
Spoken predominantly in Sweden by over 8.5 million people, the Swedish language is one of four major languages used in Scandinavia (the others are Norwegian, Danish and Finnish). It is little known that it’s also an official language of Finland and that it is widely used in Norway and Estonia, adding nearly half a million speakers. Swedish is a Germanic language belonging to the Indo-European family of languages. It is a descendant of Old Norse, but its current form is related to a modern dialect that arose in the early 16th century.
The spoken and written forms of Swedish can vary widely due to the use of special inflections used in the written form. Within Sweden two spoken dialects predominate—a northern dialect (Svea) and a southern variant (Göta). However, local dialects abound and are far more distinct than American dialects of English. The literacy rate in Sweden is 99% with a high level of English fluency among the general population.
History of the Swedish Language
The Swedish language underwent many changes in the Middle Ages and underwent standardization in the 1500’s. Major historical events had a direct impact on the Swedish language: independence from Denmark, the Reformation, and publication of the Swedish Bible and formation of the Swedish Academy in 1786. In the Middle Ages, Swedish was influenced by Low German, followed by High German during the 16th and 17th centuries. French had a major impact during the 1700’s. Throughout the 20th century, English loan words have been heavily incorporated into daily usage.
The Swedish language is written using Latin script—26 letters, as in the English alphabet, and three special characters:
Swedish Language Statistics
- Approximately 9 million people speak Swedish.
- Mostly spoken in Sweden, but also spoken by a minority in Finland and by small
population groups in Norway and Estonia.
- Sweden boasts a 99% literacy rate.
Translation and Localization Issues with Swedish
Advanced Language Translation Inc has extensive experience with commercial and technical translations from English to Swedish and from Swedish into English. We have also amassed years of experience in typesetting Swedish content. Here are some of the common issues with English to Swedish translation that we have learned:
- Swedish translation typically expands 10 – 15% in size from English, so original document layouts will need to expand as well to accommodate this additional text.
- Most current applications can accept Swedish text directly. However fonts using non–
standard encodings may not correctly display the “å” character, so be sure to test this with the fonts you want to typeset your document in.
- Even though typesetting of Swedish doesn’t pose any major technical obstacles,
hyphenation may be an issue. Be sure your desktop publishing/word processing
software has the ability to support Swedish hyphenation dictionaries or consider using
left-aligned text without hyphenation.
- For projects requiring audio spoken in Swedish, be sure to choose voiceover talent
that uses the preferred dialect of your target audience. The Svea dialect of northern
Sweden is predominant.
Swedish Language Vital Information
Speaking Population: 9 Million
Where Spoken: Sweden, Finland, Estonia
Writing Systems: Latin script +
ISO 8859–1 Latin 1
1252 ANSI – Latin 1
1143 IBM EBCDIC – Finland/Sweden
20107 IA5 Swedish
Unicode Supported: Yes
Common Phrases: (phonetic pronunciations in parentheses)
Hello: Hej (hey)
Good-bye: Adjö (ahyur)
Thank you: Tack (tahk)