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Swedish word of the day: medelsvensson

This word says a lot about Sweden. Image: nito103/Depositphotos

Published: 21.Aug.2019 08:20 hrs

This is a useful Swedish word to know if you're looking at statistics or talking about Swedes and Swedishness.

The word medelsvensson can be translated as 'typical Swede', and it's used to talk about the average Swedish inhabitant. It comes up a lot when talking about data and stats.

For example, you might say something like medelsvensson dricker många koppar kaffe varje dag (the typical Swede drinks a lot of cups of coffee every day), or a researcher might ask hur stor är skillnaden mellan vad en medelsvensson och de rikaste tjänar? (How big is the difference between what the average person and the richest earn?). 

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