Swedish Wikipedia

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The Swedish Wikipedia (Swedish: svenska Wikipedia, also svenskspråkiga Wikipedia) is the Swedish language edition of Wikipedia and was started on 23 May 2001.[1] It is currently the second largest Wikipedia by article-count with its 3,197,535 current articles, though the average size of its articles is considerably lower than almost all other editions.[2] This means that there is a considerably lower article depth of 5.7 than the German edition's 102.1 and the French's 207.1, which both have fewer articles than the Swedish Wikipedia.

Swedish Wikipedia has some conventions that differ from other editions of Wikipedia. For example, it does not allow fair use pictures and the local upload has been disabled – all pictures and media are from Wikimedia Commons. Also, vandalism is generally defined as either klotter (meaning "doodle" or "graffiti") and vandalism which applies to more serious cases, the worst being mobbningsklotter ("cyberbullying") which can lead to an almost immediate block from editing. Lastly, the 70 administrators on the Swedish Wikipedia are elected for a fixed term period of one year and have to be re-elected after that time.


Screenshot on 23 May 2001 of sv.wikipedia.com

Originally, Swedish Wikipedia rivalled susning.nu, a wiki created by Lars Aronsson in 2001. susning.nu 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, and the lack of proper tools to fight vandalism, several prolific susning writers switched over to Swedish Wikipedia in 2002, and later more followed.[3] In April 2004, susning.nu'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 susning.nu.[citation needed]

Swedish Wikipedia's increase after the advertisement on Susning.nu 21 November 2002

In March 2006, the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet published a comparative evaluation of Swedish Wikipedia, susning.nu 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.[4]

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Article count 2001 to 2013.

On 27 September 2012 it reached 500,000 articles.[5] On 15 June 2013 it reached 1,000,000 articles and rose from 8th to 5th place.[6] 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 are used in producing articles for all existing species of plants and animals. When finished, this project alone will have created more than a million articles, most short and sourced through available online databases on the subject.[7] To date, already about half of its articles were created by a single bot.[8] Compared to most other Wikipedia editions with a similar number of articles, articles on Swedish Wikipedia have less content with an average of 1,897 bytes per article (as of May 2014). This is roughly half of that of the French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish editions (3,986 – 4,277 bytes/article as of February 2014).[2]


See also


  1. "Wikipedia: History of HomePage". Archived from the original on 8 June 2001. Retrieved 8 March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wikimedia Statistics, Wikipedia statistics, bytes per article. Retrieved 19 July 2014
  3. "Så fungerar Wikipedia/Wikipedias historia". Lennart Guldbrandsson, sv.wikisource.org. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 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.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Grattis Sverige - nu har vi en halv miljon Wikipedia-artiklar!" (Press release) (in Swedish). Wikimedia Sverige. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "List of Wikipedias". Meta.wikimedia.org, 2013-06-16. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  7. "Användare:Lsjbot". Sv.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 16 June 2013. (Swedish) Machine translation: [1]
  8. "Swedish Wikipedia surpasses 1 million articles with aid of article creation bot « Wikimedia blog". Blog.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 3 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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