Swedish, or Svenska, is spoken by about 10 million people. The large majority of them live in Sweden, with the rest living in Finland, Norway, and Estonia. Swedish is the official language of Sweden and one of the official languages of Finland, along with Finnish. It is a Germanic language like Icelandic, Norwegian, and Danish. The Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian languages all came from Old Norse about 1,000 years ago, with some Low German thrown in.