Swedish Sign LanguagePrint
L1 users: 10,000 (2014 EUD). 10,000 Deaf sign language users (2014 EUD). 40,000 Deaf (2014 IMB).
4 (Educational). Recognized language (2009, Languages Act, Article 9).
Used since 1800. First deaf school established in 1809. Deaf schools. Deaf associations. Regarded as bilingual minority. Taught and constituting a subject of research at Stockholm University.
The Language Law of 2009 officially recognizes Swedish Sign Language in a way similar to the earlier recognition of the five national minority languages, with an obligation to protect and promote it. 600 sign language interpreters (2014 EUD). Many L2 users, with classes for parents of deaf children and other hearing people (2013 N. Juhonewe). Fingerspelling system is unlike other European languages. Christian.