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Skåne is spoken by about 80.000 people. The speakers live in southern Sweden, mainly in the provinces of Skåne, Blekinge and Halland. The dialect of the Danish island Bornholm seems to be closely related to Skåne.

The area, where Skåne is spoken was part of Danemark for a couple of centuries and came under Swedish rule in 1658. At that time the inhabitants spoke a Danish dialect.

Most linguists consider Skåne a dialect of Swedish and so does the vast majority of speakers. Some scholars, however, regard Skåne as a separate language.

Specific marks of Skåne are the realisation of Swedish /r/ as as uvular drill and diphtongisation of Swedish long vowels.

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