Useful Swedish phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Swedish, a northern Germanic language spoken mostly in Sweden.

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

Glossary of abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person), v = very

English svenska (Swedish)
Welcome Välkommen (sg)
Välkomna (pl)
(General greeting)
God dag (frm)
Hej (inf)
Hallå (inf)
Tja (vinf)
How are you? Hur står det till? (frm)
Hur mår du? (frm)
Hur är det? (inf)
Läget? (vinf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Bara bra tack. Och du?
Long time no see Det var länge sedan vi sågs sist!
What's your name? Vad heter du?
My name is ... Jag heter ...
Where are you from? Varifrån kommer du?
I'm from ... Jag kommer från ...
Jag är från ...
Pleased to meet you Trevligt att träffas
Trevligt att råkas
Angenämt (vfrm)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
God morgon
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
God eftermiddag
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
God kväll
Good night God natt
(Parting phrases)
Hej då
Good luck Lycka till!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Ha en trevlig dag!
Ha en bra dag!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Smaklig måltid!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Trevlig resa!
Lycklig resa!
I understand Jag förstår
I don't understand Jag förstår inte
Yes Ja
No Nej
Maybe Kanske
I don't know Jag vet inte
Jag har ingen aning
Inte en susning (inf)
Please speak more slowly Var snäll och tala långsammare
Please write it down Skulle du kunna skriva ned det åt mig?
Do you speak English? Talar du engelska?
Do you speak Swedish? Talar du svenska?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ja, lite
Speak to me in Swedish Du kan prata svenska med mig
(You can speak Swedish with me)
Öva svenska med mig
(Practise Swedish with me)
How do you say ... in Swedish? Hur säger man ... på svenska?
Excuse me Ursäkta!
How much is this? Hur mycket kostar det?
Sorry Förlåt!
Thank you Tack (thanks)
Tack så mycket (thanks very much)
Tusen tack (a thousand thanks)
Reply to thank you Inget att tacka för
Ingen orsak
Var så god
Det var så lite
Where's the toilet? Var är toaletten?
This gentleman will pay for everything Den här herrn betalar för allting
This lady will pay for everything Den här damen betalar för allting
Would you like to dance with me? Vill du dansa med mig?
Får jag lov? (May I?)
I miss you Jag saknar dig
I love you Jag älskar dig
Get well soon Krya på dig!
Help! Hjälp!
Fire! Det brinner!
Stop! Stanna!
Go away! Låt bli mig!
Ej rör mig!
Leave me alone! Lämna mig ifred!
Call the police! Ring polisen!
Christmas and New Year greetings God jul och gott nytt år
Easter greetings Glad Påsk
Birthday greetings Grattis på födelsedagen
One language is never enough Ett språk är aldrig nog
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Min svävare är full med ål
Min svävare är full med ålar

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