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Gender Feminine
Usage Swedish
Pronounced Pron. SVEH-ah
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Meaning & History

From a personification of the country of Sweden, in use since the 17th century. It is a derivative of Svear, the Swedish name for the ancient Germanic tribe the Swedes. The Swedish name of the country of Sweden is Sverige, a newer form of Svear rike meaning "the realm of the Svear".

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