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Total population
c. 13 million[a]
Regions with significant populations
 Sweden       c. 8 million[b][1]
Other significant population centers:
Officially recognized Swedish minorities
 Finlandc. 290,000 (2011)[2][3]
(42,210 Swedish emigrants)[4]
 Estonia300 (2000)[5]
Swedish citizens abroadc. 546,000[c][3]
Swedish diasporac. 4.5–5 million
 United States3,912,522 (2013; ancestry)[6]
29,000 (Swedish citizens)[6]
 Canada341,845 (2011; ancestry[7]
26,000 (sole ancestry)[7]
 United Kingdom100,000

Swedes (Swedish: svenskar) are a North Germanic ethnic group native to the Nordic region, primarily their nation state of Sweden,[23][24][25][26][27][28][29] who share a common ancestry, culture, history and language. They mostly inhabit Sweden and the other Nordic countries, in particular Finland, with a substantial diaspora in other countries, especially the United States. Swedes are an officially recognized minority in Finland and Estonia.

  • Demographics of Sweden
  • Sweden
  • Finland), English speaking countries (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand), Spain and Germany.[95]

    Historically, the Kingdom of Sweden has been much larger than nowadays, especially during "The Era of Great Power" (Swedish Empire) in 1611–1718. Finland belonged to Sweden until 1809. Since there was no separate Finnish nationality at those times, it is not unusual that sources predating 1809 refer both to Swedes and Finns as "Swedes". This is particularly the case with New Sweden, where some of the Swedish settlers were of Finnish origin.

    According to a questionnaire survey conducted by Swedes Worldwide, a non-profit organization, Swedish embassies around the world reported figures for a total of 546,000 Swedish citizens living outside of Sweden.[3]