November 29, 2021

Wikipedia (Swedish pronunciation: [vɪkɪ'peːdɪa]) is a wiki and a multilingual web-based encyclopedia. It has essentially free and open content developed by its users, often referred to as wikipedians. It is largely a summary of credible independent sources. Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, originally in an English language version, and is the most visited encyclopedia on the internet. Swedish-language Wikipedia was started on May 21, 2001. Wikipedia is (2020) ranked as the world's thirteenth and Sweden's eighth most visited website according to Alexa. Wikipedia is run by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation with the support of private donors. The project is based on the wiki software Mediawiki, which is free software and has open source code.


Wikipedia was founded on January 15, 2001 by internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales and philosopher Larry Sanger, both affiliated with Wales internet company Bomis. During the year 2000, they had tried to start the encyclopedia Nupedia, which was, however, limited by strict requirements for the writers. By using the wiki technology, ie a searchable website where the pages can be easily and quickly edited by visitors, they managed to get the writing started. Wikipedia was initially only English-language, but on March 15, 2001, the initiative was taken for several languages. First out was German, closely followed by Catalan and Japanese. These three were up and running before the end of March. On May 11, 2001, nine more major languages ​​were added. Before the end of 2001, Wikipedia was available in 18 languages. English-language Wikipedia has always been the largest and in December 2019 had 5.9 million articles. The first edit was made to Bomis' office account on January 15, 2001 at 8:27 PM on the HomePage page, which was then the name of the front page. At 20:52, the first article, WikiPedia, was created by the same user. The name "wikipedia" was coined by Larry Sanger and is an amalgamation of wiki, which is Hawaiian and means fast and encyclopedia, from the Greek enkyklios paideia, literally "rounded education" or "knowledge that forms a circle", meaning "general education" ..

History of the Swedish-language Wikipedia

Swedish was the second smaller language (after Catalan) to have its own Wikipedia. It was started on May 21, 2001 by Linus Tolke, who created the oldest existing pages on May 23. The oldest preserved version of the start page is from June 3, 2001. However, the Swedish-language Wikipedia was largely inactive until November 2002.


Specialization: Statistics for all language versions and statistics for Swedish-language Wikipedia Wikipedia is currently available in 325 different languages. In April 2021, 275 language versions had over one thousand articles, and 18 languages ​​then had more than one million articles, other pages excluded. The English language version is the largest, today with 6,415,231 articles, 1,053,047,465 edits since launch and 124,212 active contributors in the last month. This was followed in April 2021 by the Cebuano-language, Swedish-language, German, French and Dutch versions, arranged in size according to the number of actual articles. In total, Wikipedia's different language versions currently contain 237,314,124 articles, and the Swedish-language version has 2,865,791 articles. However, the Swedish-language Wikipedia includes a large proportion (81 percent, listed in January 2019) of robot-created articles and in April 2021 was only in fourteenth place in terms of number of edits since launch and in nineteenth place in terms of number of active logged contributors during the last month (2,548 identities) . Cebuano-language Wikipedia also includes a very large proportion (5.3 million or 99.6 percent) of robot-created articles. Most robot-created articles have been created by Swedish Lsjbot, and are about animals or place names.


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