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The Swedish Wikipedia is the Swedish language version of Wikipedia. It was founded in May 2001, but was practically inactive until November 2002. On August 27, 2005, Swedish Wikipedia had grown to over 100 000 articles and during the month of December 2008 Swedish Wikipedia passed 300 000 articles. On June 18 2011 Swedish Wikipedia passed 400 000 articles.

The Swedish Wikipedia reached 500 000 articles on September 27, 2012 .

In 2012 a bot pilot project to create articles for all species of birds in the world started. The bot, called Lsjbot, after that went on to create articles about all species of higher animals and plants in the world, and later also created articles about geographical features of the world such as mountains and lakes, cities and towns. In 2016 Swedish Wikipedia had over 3 700 000 articles. Since 2016 work to improve quality of bot generated content is one major project for the community.

The criteria for a user to become an administrator on the Swedish Wikipedia are quite low compared to other Wikipedias. The effects hereof may, to a certain extent, be reduced by the fact that administrators on the Swedish Wikipedia have to be re-elected yearly, making it easier to get rid of unsuitable administrators. Of the 8 615 registered users as of November 20, 2005, 69 (or 0.8%) were admins. On January 17, 2010, Swedish Wikipedia had 100 administrators. However, later, the number have become lower, and there was about 62 administrators on Swedish Wikipedia in 2019.

See the Main Page of the Swedish Wikipedia.

Statistics for the Swedish Wikipedia can be found here.


The earliest known article version on Swedish Wikipedia – the article about the Swedish language as it looked in may 2001.
Number of articles on Swedish Wikipedia from 2001 to 2013.

Started: May 2001

Current size: 2,589,183 articles

Total edits: 54,872,918

Active editors: 1,968 in the past month

Administrators: 64

Areas of strength

  • Number of articles

Areas of weakness

  • Many bot generated articles that needs to be checked

What other prominent encyclopedias exist in this language (print, electronic, online)?

  • Nationalencyklopedin

Prominent milestones/events[edit]

  • Wikimania 2019 in Stockholm

What has its impact been?

  • TK


What language features are challenging?

  • TK

What would surprise the outside reader about the community?

  • Swedish Wikipedia has not been covered much at all by the Swedish press
  • Since English is so widely comprehensible in Sweden, it may be folks use and concentrate on en: to the detriment of Swedish Wikipedia

What are some unique practices/characteristics?

  • Lots of meetups are arranged, like Wikifika, edit-a-thons and photo safaris
  • Many collaboration projects, like Article of the Month, Mission of the Month and Weekly contest

Who were the earliest participants, who started it?

Other prominent Wikipedians?

  • TK

Wikimedia Sweden[edit]

Wikimedia Sweden (WMSE) is a nonprofit organization supporting Wikimedia projects.

Gender gap[edit]

See Research:Wikipedia Equality Sweden


Toira-lika measures have been used on svwp a couple of times.

Mätning Good
September 2005 15.7% 32.5% 51.8%
December 2005 9.8% 24.6% 65.6%
April 2006 12.5% 36.2% 51.3%
November 2006 9.6% 31.3% 59.1%
Maj 2007 7.08% 29.83% 63.08%
Oktober 2007 7.3% 24.8% 67.9%
December 2007 3.75% 26% 70.25%
Mars 2008 7.33% 30.92% 61.75%