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Swedish word of the day: dags

Catherine Edwards
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Swedish word of the day: dags
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It's 'dags' for The Local's Swedish word of the day.


Dags can be translated as 'time', but it has a more specific use than the word tid, which refers to 'time' more generally. Dags is usually used in the constructions det är dags för or simply dags för, which mean '(it is) time for'. Around tax declaration season for example, tax agency Skatteverket sends tax returns out with the headline dags att deklarera (time to declare your taxes).

This can be followed by a noun, as in dags för kaffe (time for coffee), or a verb, as in dags att förändra ditt liv (time to transform your life). It can also be used on its own in a more emphatic way: nu är det dags! (Now it's time!). 

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Dags is often pronounced 'dacks' and can be written dax, as in a satirical song Dax att åka hem (time to go home) which went viral online around the time of the 2018 Swedish election.

You can also combine dags with nouns and verbs to create compound words: matdags (time for food), läggdags/sängdags (time for bed) and of course, fikadags (time for fika).


Another way to use dags is in the phrase hur dags which means 'what time' and is a slightly more colloquial variant of när. So you can ask hur dags börjar evenemanget? (what time does the event start?)

Example sentences

Det är nog dags att gå hem

It's probably time to go home

Nu är det sovdags

It's time for bed now (usually said to children)

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