Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Top ten literal Swedish words

Share this article

Top ten literal Swedish words
They may not be classics, but these books sure are 'colour happy'. Photo: Shutterstock.
10:29 CEST+02:00
Swedish can at times be a hilariously literal language and The Local has put together a few choice cuts for your light-hearted amusement.

So if you find yourself lost for words when say, trying to name a household appliance or a bodily feature, just think to yourself - what does said object do or resemble, literally?

Check out The Local's top ten literal Swedish words.

Or when you are feeling a bit ill and need to see a doc, what is the most literal way to describe a hospital, or indeed a bruise.

And if you like your drinks over ice but don’t want to crunch your way through it, what it is the most literal way to describe a straw?

The answers are in The Local's top ten list of literal Swedish words.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Accommodation 101: How to rent an apartment in Sweden

To describe it as ‘difficult' to find a rental apartment in Sweden would be an understatement. In fact, it can be such a pain that some people give up altogether and move elsewhere. Don't be one of them, here are some tips to help you navigate the Swedish rental market.