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Swedish Wikipedia

The Swedish Wikipedia (Swedish: Svenskspråkiga Wikipedia) is the Swedish-language edition of Wikipedia and was started on 23 May 2001.[1] It is currently the third largest Wikipedia by article-count with its 3,745,024 current articles,[2] where a majority are generated by a bot, or software application,[3] and has a Wikipedia article depth of 5.6. The administrators on the Swedish Wikipedia (currently 59) are elected for a fixed-term period of one year and have to be re-elected after that time.[4]

Favicon of Wikipedia Swedish Wikipedia
The Main Page of the Swedish Wikipedia on 9 September 2012.
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inSwedish
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedMay 23, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-05-23)


Screenshot on 23 May 2001 of

Originally, Swedish Wikipedia rivalled, a wiki created by Lars Aronsson in 2001. was by 28 May 2003 the world's second largest wiki. Due to several controversies involving the authority of the founder, objections to Aronsson's decision to allow advertisement on the site, several prolific Susning writers switched over to Swedish Wikipedia in 2002, and later more followed. Two of its pioneers were Johan Dahlin and Dan Köhl, the latter one introduced "Tinget" in November 2002. This was the first conflict handling organ at Swedish Wikipedia.[5] In April 2004,'s editing features were closed down to all but a handful of users, which further increased the flow to Swedish Wikipedia. On 14 January 2005, Wikipedia's article count surpassed that of[citation needed]

In March 2006, the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet published a comparative evaluation of Swedish Wikipedia, and the online version of Nationalencyklopedin. The evaluation was done by giving a selection of articles to independent subject matter experts for grading. While Nationalencyklopedin came out on top with respect to factuality and neutrality, Swedish Wikipedia received a good overall grade and came out on top with respect to being up to date and having a broad coverage, also including popular culture subjects.[6]

On 27 September 2012 it reached 500,000 articles.[7] On 15 June 2013 it reached 1,000,000 articles and rose from 8th to 5th place.[8] This meant that during 2012 and 2013 the number of articles on Swedish Wikipedia more than doubled. This is in large part due to a community project where bots were used in producing articles for all existing species of plants and animals. When finished, this project alone created more than a million articles, most short and sourced through available online databases on the subject.[9] In 2014 about half of its articles were created by a single bot.[10]



In 2019 the Swedish Wikipedia has 354 thousand unique categories. The average article in this language version has 5 categories, while number of unique categories per articles ratio is 0.094. The largest number of articles has Life (30%) and Geography (24%) category. In Swedish Wikipedia articles related to Geography and Life has the highest average quality. Content about Health is read more often and articles in Events category have the highest authors' interest on average.[11]

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  1. ^ "Wikipedia: History of HomePage". Archived from the original on 8 June 2001. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ "List of Wikipedias - Meta". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Kontroversiell robot bakom wikiväxt". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Wikipedia:Administratörer". Wikipedia (in Swedish). 18 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Så fungerar Wikipedia/Wikipedias historia". Lennart Guldbrandsson, 9 March 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  6. ^ Nandra, Ulrika (30 March 2006). "Gratis nätlexikon får bra betyg". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 21 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Grattis Sverige - nu har vi en halv miljon Wikipedia-artiklar!" (Press release) (in Swedish). Wikimedia Sverige. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "List of Wikipedias"., 2013-06-16. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Användare:Lsjbot". Retrieved 16 June 2013. (in Swedish) Machine translation: [1]
  10. ^ "Swedish Wikipedia surpasses 1 million articles with aid of article creation bot « Wikimedia blog". Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  11. ^ Lewoniewski, Włodzimierz; Węcel, Krzysztof; Abramowicz, Witold (2019). "Multilingual Ranking of Wikipedia Articles with Quality and Popularity Assessment in Different Topics". Computers. 8 (3). doi:10.3390/computers8030060. Retrieved 21 August 2019.

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