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Swedish word of the day: äntligen

Äntligen fredag. Image: nito103/Depositphotos

Published: 18.Jan.2019 12:59 hrs

Today's chosen Swedish word means 'finally', but language-learners should be careful about when they use it.

Äntligen means 'finally' or 'at last', and is used to express happiness or relief that something has happened or come to an end. For example, you might be pleased to have reached the end of a long week at work, or relieved that Sweden is getting a government after 131 days of waiting.

It's an emphatic word, and can show positive emotion at an event finally being here, or frustration at how long it's taken to get there, or even a mix of the two.

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