Swedish Sign Language

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Swedish Sign Language
Svenskt Teckenspråk
Native to Sweden Finland
Native speakers
10,000 (2014)[1]
total, including hearing, c. 100,000 (2010)[2]
? British Sign
Language codes
ISO 639-3 swl
Glottolog swed1236[4]
The Swedish Sign Language word for "part-time"

Swedish Sign Language (Svenskt teckenspråk or STS) is the sign language used in Sweden. It is recognized by the Swedish government as the country's official sign language, and hearing parents of deaf children are required to learn it.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Swedish Sign Language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Bergman & Dahl (2010: 140)
  3. ^ SignPuddle 2.0. Signbank.org. Retrieved on 2013-10-29.
  4. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Swedish Sign Language". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  5. ^ Padden, Carol; Humphries, Tom (1988). Deaf in America: voices from a culture. Harvard University Press. p. 119. ISBN 0674194241.