Svenska Akademiens ordbok
Volumes of Svenska Akademiens ordbok

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Original title
Ordbok över svenska språket utgiven av Svenska Akademien
PublisherSwedish Academy
No. of books39
A complete set of Svenska Akademiens ordbok, as of late 2014. The majority of the volumes remain unbound in this set.

Svenska Akademiens ordbok (Swedish: [ˈsvɛ̂nːska akadɛˈmiːns ˈûːɖbuːk]), abbreviated SAOB, is a historical dictionary of the Swedish language published by the Swedish Academy. It is the Swedish counterpart of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) or the Deutsches Wörterbuch (DWB).

Work on the dictionary started in 1787. The first edition was published in 39 volumes between 1898 and 2023, in Swedish alphabetical order.[1] Updating of the earlier volumes, A to R, is expected to continue until 2030.[1] About 200 hardcopy sets, totalling 33,111 pages, have been printed.[1] The searchable web version has been available since 1997. Citations date back to 1521.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Official Swedish dictionary completed after 140 years". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. 25 October 2023. Retrieved 26 October 2023.
  2. ^ Bohm Nilsson, Helena (2021-12-17). "Efter 140 år – här skrivs sista sidan i Svenska Akademiens ordbok". Sveriges Television. Retrieved 2022-03-23.