Swedish (Svenska) belongs to the Germanic group of Indo-European family of languages. Together with Danish Swedish language belongs to the branch of East Scandinavian languages, unlike the Norwegian, Faroese and Icelandic languages which form the West Scandinavian branch.
1. The language of Scandinavians
Swedish language is spoken in Sweden and in Finland where it is the second official language with Finnish. Swedish is defined as the most common language in Scandinavia by number of speakers (9.3 million people). Swedish had originated from the proto-North language which was used by all Scandinavians until 9th century when it disintegrated into Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.