- Sweden c.1600, originally in Scottish (Swethin, Swadne, etc.), from M.Du. Sweden, probably a dative plural of Swede (earlier in English Sweden was used of the people and Swedeland of the country). In Old English, the country was Sweoland or Sweorice (Cf. O.N. sviariki, source of Swed. Sverige). Ultimately named for the original inhabitants (see SWEDE (Cf. Swede)).
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