Common Swedish phrases



Common Swedish phrases


The Swedish language has official status in countries Sweden and Finland and organizations Nordic Council and European Union. There are more than 9 million native speakers of Swedish in the world. The language is similar to and mutually intelligible with Norwegian and Danish.

Check out our list of common Swedish phrases everyone should know. They include greetings and phrases used in common, everyday conversations as well as other useful words.


God morgon – Good morning

God middag – Good afternoon

God kväll – Good evening

God dag – Good day

Hej (also Hej hej) – Hi / Bye

Hejsan – Hello

Välkommen – Welcome

Hej då / Adjö – Goodbye

God natt – Good night

Hur mår du? – How are you?

Jag mår bra, tack – I’m fine, thanks

Och du? – And you?

Bra  – Good

Sådär – So-so

Dåligt – Bad

Inte så bra – Not so good

Lycka till – Good luck

Vad heter du? – What’s your name?

Jag heter …  –  My name is …

Trevligt att träffas – Pleased to meet you

Var kommer du ifrån? – Where are you from?

Jag kommer ifrån … – I am from …

Vi ses snart – See you soon

Vi ses senare – See you later

Ha en bra dag – Have a good day

Ursäkta mig – excuse me

Förlåt – sorry

Inga problem – no problem

Det gör inget – don’t worry about it

Skål! – Cheers!

Smaklig måltid! – Bon appétit!

Lycklig resa – Bon voyage

Jag förstår – I understand

Jag förstår inte – I don’t understand

Ja – yes

Nej – no

Kanske – maybe

Jag vet – I know

Jag vet inte  – I don’t know

Talar du engelska? – do you speak English?

Talar du svenska? – Do you speak Swedish?

Ja, lite – Yes, a little

Jag saknar dig – I miss you

Jag älskar dig – I love you

Hjälp! – Help


Check out popular phrases in other languages: SpanishFrenchGerman and Italian.


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