Basic Swedish Phrases, Words & Common Sentences – for Your Trip to Sweden

Learn basic Swedish words and phrases
Learn basic Swedish phrases and sentences

Jag pratar inte svenska. – I don’t speak Swedish.

… but soon you will. Well, at least some basic Swedish ;)

Are you going to Sweden? For a trip, work or maybe a semester abroad? You probably haven’t learned any Swedish yet. No Problem, Swedes speak excellent English. So you can communicate without learning a single Swedish word.

But, of course, learning a few basic Swedish sentences, to impress the attractive shop assistant or barkeeper can’t be wrong.

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To get prepared for simple Swedish conversations, here are basic Swedish sentences and phrases for Sweden tourists.

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Say Hello in Swedish

Let’s get started with the number 1 word you have to know in Swedish…

Swedish for Hello

Hej! – Hello!

How to pronounce Hej in Swedish

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Alternatively you can also say:

  • Hallå!

More Swedish greetings

  • Formal: God morgon/dag/kväll – Good morning/day/evening
  • Formal person trying to be funny (old style): Goddagens – Good day/hello
  • Buddy-level: Tjenare – Hi
  • Close buddy: Tja (short form of tjenare) – Yo
  • Buddy who is fed up saying tjenare or tja too often: Tjabba – Yooo

At arrival at someone’s place, the host says to the guest

  • Välkommen! – Welcome!


  • Välkommen in! – Welcome in!

Basic Swedish sentences & phrases

How to say I don’t speak english in Swedish

  • Jag pratar inte svenska – I don’t speak Swedish

Introduce yourself in Swedish

My name is … in Swedish

  • Hej, jag heter … – Hello, my name is … 

What is your name in Swedish

  • Vad heter du? – What is your name?

How are you in Swedish

  • Hur mår du? – How are you? (formal)
  • Hur är läget? – What’s up? (informal)

How to say “I love you” in Swedish

  • Jag älskar dig! – I love you!

Please in Swedish

  • .., snälla. – …, please. 
  • … är du snäll. – Could you … (like in “Skulle du kunna sätta dig, är du snäll?” – “Would you please sit down?”)

You’re welcome in Swedish

  • Varsådgod! – You’re welcome!

How to say yes in Swedish

  • Ja – Yes

Sorry in Swedish

  • Förlåt – Sorry


  • Ursäkta – Excuse me

Thank you in Swedish, formal

  • Tack! – Thank you!
  • Tack så mycket! – Thanks a lot!

Thank you in Swedish, informal

  • Tack som fan! – Thanks (lit.) like the devil!  (I know, sounds funny. Swedes use a lot of “devil” in their language. But more about that further below.)

Swedish phrase for good luck

  • Lycka till! – Good luck!

Swedish swear sentences

  • Håll din jävla skäft! – Shut the fuck up!
  • Jävla fitta! – (lit. Devilish cunt) Fucking cunt!
  • Stick, din jävel! – (lit. Walk off you devil!) Piss off!

Swedish phrase for goodbye

  • Hejdå – Goodbye


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Which phrases would you ad to the list? Maybe some funny or dirty Swedish sentences? Please comment below!


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