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Swedish Wikiversity[edit]

submitted verification final decision
This proposal has been approved.
The Board of Trustees and language committee have deemed that there is sufficient grounds and community to create the new language project.

The closing committee member provided the following comment:

Proposal summary

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Swedish is the main language of Sweden with about 9 million speakers. Wikipedia is very popular in Sweden, the swedish Wikipedia has 300 000 articles.

Arguments in favour[edit]

  • Strongly support I think is a good idea at starting the Swedish Wikiversity.
  • Supports the idea Not all native speakers of the swedish language have a sufficient understanding of the english language to use their wikiversity.
  • Supports the idea Only a selected few of the Swedes have sufficient skills in other major Wikiversity languages

than english.

  • Supports the idea The Swedish Wikipedia has become a great success, especially when compared to articles per speaker. The swedish language has thus proved itself able to maintain a large Wiki.
  • Supports the idea The fact that one can understand what is written in another language and appreciate it's qualities does not mean that the same person can write articles with the same high standard in that other language, therefore a great deposit of knowledge might be restrained by lingual limitations. A swedish Wikiversity would therefore be a good source of new articles via translation by those who can produce higher quality texts in other languages.
  • --Ilaria - scrivimi 19:19, 18 August 2008 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strongly support Information for all people in ther own language is importent. Yes, A large share (say more than 80%) of the native swedish speakers have at least a basic comprehension of english, meaning they could use some part of english wikiversity instead. But the 20 % who dosn´t understand the information in english, is not the free knowledge anything for them??? Wikimedia says "Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment". Swedish is the 12th largest language at Wikipedia (300 000 articles). Only 10 milion people speak the language in Sweden and Finland.
  • Supports the idea Hetaira 13:34, 14 March 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • Supports the idea We are several active users that want to take the swedish Wikiversity to the next level. Hakan 21:13, 8 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • Supports the idea There is a handful of people committed to the project. When leaving the incubator, more will come. Bounce1337 10:52, 9 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Arguments against[edit]

  • "I think" is not an argument.
    • A large share (say more than 80%) of the native swedish speakers have at least a basic comprehension of english, meaning they could use that wikiversity instead.
    • The number of users on Swedish Wikipedia is still quite limited, at least when it comes to frequently active users. In total there is around 50.000 registrered users, but only a small fraction, say 200 of those, are active more than once a week and/or with significant contributions.
    • The Swedish version of Wikinews has been almost inactive since 2006, with the latest 30 days contributions fitting easily onto one page.
    • In reality only Wikipedia has an realy vivid community in Swedish, we should not start another doomed project.
  • seeing the rcs in wikinews, i think swedish wikiversity can' t have success--Ilaria 14:27, 19 November 2008 (UTC)[reply]

General discussion[edit]

  1. Comme sur les autres projet déjà ouvert, je propose l'aide de mon robot interwiki Crochet.david 08:52, 28 December 2007 (UTC)[reply]

About the Swedish version of Wikinews, it is now very updated. Leo Johannes 22:36, 18 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]

And now sv.Wikinews is not so updated any more (again ;-). I see no chance of sv.Wikiversity ever flying... --MiCkEdb 20:31, 26 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]
The Swedish interface is clear. M.M.S. 09:31, 2 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

In my opinion, it would be extremely unwise to start a pre-doomed project, when the only enthusiast is an 11 old kid who has earlier tried to start a Wikipedia in a Swedish dialect three times without success, also he has a history of failed projects... Based on that, and the small potential community, the chance of success is nought. /Grillo 19:02, 26 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I agree that a Swedish Wikiversity lacks support and isn't ready to fly, yet. But to use wikinews as an argument is like comparing apples and oranges. - Kaj 13:30, 25 November 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Localisation update[edit]

With Swedish at 100% for the core messages and 97.47% for the WMF used extensions, Swedish can be looked at for what the Wikiversity effort is good for. Thanks, GerardM 13:35, 6 November 2008 (UTC)[reply]


The Swedish Wikiversity has been approved by the Language Committee. While waiting for formal approval by the Board, please complete this questionnaire:

  • Site: sv.wikiversity.org
  • Logo (135x155px PNG image; a derivative from a decent SVG image):
  • Project name ("Wikiversity" in native language):
  • The name of the project namespace (usually the same as the previous):
  • The name of the project talk namespace (something like "Wikiversity talk" in your language):
  • Default project timezone (something like: CET (UTC+1)):

Thanks, SPQRobin (talk) 13:57, 2 November 2010 (UTC)[reply]

According to discussions at http://beta.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Caf%C3%A9 the users seem to prefer the name "Wikiversity". That means the logo and project namespace can be the same as for the English and German Wikiversity.
The project talk namespace should then be "Wikiversitydiskussion".
Most Swedish speaking people live in the timezone that use CET (UTC+1) in the winter and CEST (UTC+2) in the summer. --Boivie 21:49, 4 November 2010 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you. I submitted bug 25904 for the creation of the wiki. Regards, SPQRobin (talk) 01:13, 13 November 2010 (UTC)[reply]