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Swedish: Overview

Banner of multiple images of Sweden & Swedish culture



Nordic art, architecture and design

  Swedish furniture and design

Reference works

About Scandinavian resources in the Penn Libraries

Penn Libraries collections cover the history and literature of Northern Europe from the medieval period to the modern. Our Scandinavian-language collections are selective and support the Penn Swedish Language Program and Penn Abroad programs in Sweden and Denmark. Our partnership with BorrowDirect libraries, including Harvard and Yale, ensures access to large, current collections in the Nordic languages, while Penn offers a collection of Swedish contemporary fiction and children's literature; access to databases and indexes; and reference works.

Scandinavian Studies Databases


Swedish news

  • 8sidor, a newspaper in easy-to-read Swedish with larger text than an average paper, short sentences, and no difficult or uncommon vocabulary. 8sidor is unpartisan and independent.


  • Svenska Dagbladet, often abbreviated SvD, is Sweden's third largest newspaper and available via PressReader.
  • Göteborgs-Posten, abbreviated GP, is the daily newspaper with the second largest subscription base in Sweden, published in Gothenburg.

Historical newspapers in Swedish


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