- languages: Swedish Language
Modern Swedish is written with a 29-letter alphabet consisting of the modern 26-letter Latin alphabet plus 3 other letters: 'å', 'ä' and 'ö', added after the letter "z". For some loanwords, there are other letters or diacritical marks in use. In particular, the umlauted-u, "ü" appears in names of German origin, but it is not part of the Swedish alphabet. The symbols 'à' and 'é' are regarded as variants of 'a' and 'e'.
The 29-letter form of the alphabet has been in use for many decades, with the 26-letter modern Latin alphabet, and the 3 added letters ⟨å⟩, ⟨ä⟩ and ⟨ö⟩. The use of the letters ⟨q⟩ and ⟨w⟩ are very rare, and up to 2006, the ⟨v⟩ and ⟨w⟩ were often combined in the collating sequence under ⟨v⟩. Before the 1906 spelling reform ⟨q⟩ and ⟨w⟩ were common, and many family names still use them.
Currently, the 29 majuscule forms (uppercase or capital letters) in order are: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, Å, Ä, Ö. Similarly, the 29 minuscule forms (lowercase or small letters) are: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z, å, ä, and ö. Note how the 3 added letters are ranked after the letter (z) and