Swedish voice-over production made simple
As an established Swedish International voice-over agency, Matinée Multilingual has been providing a professional Swedish Voice-Over Service and Swedish Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Swedish voice-over talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or IVR, we’ll help you select the best Swedish voice-over talent for the job. We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice, same day, via FTP. We can also lay-back the audio onto your video, and re-work the captions where necessary.
To check the availability of our voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the quick Quote form opposite, and we'll respond within one hour. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
Featured Swedish Voice Talent
Swedish voice-over selection and quick quote in just 1 hour
1. browse the voice-over demos below and click PLAY to audition each casting sample
2. choose the voice(s) you like and click ADD to your Quick Quote, or DOWNLOAD a copy
3. complete the Quick Quote and we’ll check availability and costs, with a response in just 1 hour
A short history of the Swedish language
Swedish belongs to the East Scandinavian branch of the North Germanic family of languages. Along with other Scandinavian languages, it derives from Old Norse, which was spoken by the Germanic people who lived in Scandinavia during the Viking era.
Swedish and Danish derive from the East Norse dialect group, while Norwegian, Icelandic and Faroese derive from West Norse. Today, spoken Swedish is essentially mutually intelligible with Norwegian and Danish. These three languages are categorised as Mainland Scandinavian, while Icelandic and Faroese are classified as Insular Scandinavian.
Until the 12th century Swedish and Danish were roughly the same dialect, using the runic alphabet. In Sweden, Old East Norse is called Runic Swedish, while in Denmark it’s called Runic Danish.
Notable events in the development of the Swedish language include the establishment of the printing press in Sweden in 1484, the first print of the Swedish Bible in 1526, and the founding of the Swedish Academy in 1786. The standard language began to emerge from Central Swedish dialects towards the end of the 19th century – this period of development is called nusvenska (‘New Swedish’). Read more
Which countries have Swedish as a national language?
Swedish is the official language of Sweden, and a co-official language of Finland. It is the only official language of Åland, an autonomous region of Finland, as well as three other Finnish municipalities – Korsnäs, Närpes and Larsmo.
How many people speak Swedish as their first language?
It is estimated that over 9 million people speak Swedish as their first language. Most of these live in Sweden.
Did you know…
- There is a high level of standardisation in the Swedish language, with few dialects. However, those dialects that do exist are so distinct and localised that they are almost incomprehensible to standard Swedish speakers.
- Swedish uses the standard 26-letter European alphabet, with three additional vowels – å, ä, and ö. The letters q, w, x and z are predominantly used in loanwords.
- There used to be significant Swedish-speaking communities in Estonia, particularly on the Baltic coast islands of Hiiumaa, Vormsi and Ruhnu. After Estonia became part of the Russian Empire in the 18th century, around 1,000 Swedish-speaking Estonians were banished to Ukraine, where they established a village called Gammelsvenskby (‘Old Swedish Village’).
The Swedish economy
Sweden has a diverse, competitive, export-driven economy, a highly skilled labour force, and a high standard of living with extensive welfare benefits.
Major industries include motor vehicles, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, industrial machines, home goods and appliances, forestry, iron and steel.