Swedes aren’t world renowned for having impeccable manners, at least not from an English-speaking perspective. But there’s a reason why ABBA went all out with Thank You For The Music.
We might not have a word for please, but we Swedes do love to say thank you. Want to know how to say thank you in Swedish? Of course you do! What if someone says thank you to you, what do you reply? Read on to find out.
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11. “It’s cool” in Swedish – Det är lugnt
Imagine a frantic dog-mom who can’t stop gushing her thanks because you managed to grab her pup’s leash before it could bolt away. She’s giving you all the “tusen tack“‘s and all you did was put your foot down before the sneaky doggo made a break for it.
That’s the kind of situation where you’d say det är lugnt.
Literally translated into English, this phrase becomes “it’s calm”.
12. “No worries” in Swedish – Ingen fara
Similar to “ingen problem“, you can say ingen fara in Swedish to say “you’re welcome”. It means “no danger”, but it’s mostly used to let someone off the hook.
For instance, a friend texts you they took the wrong bus so they’ll be late. That’s when you’d reply with “ingen fara“.
But if you’re Swedish, you’d say that and then look grumpy until your friends arrive. (Swedes hate lateness).
13. “It was nothing” in Swedish – Det var så lite så
“Det var så lite så” is probably said by every grandparent in Sweden at least once a day. Whether they’ve cooked you a three-course meal, or washed and ironed all your clothes without being asked, they’ll always reply det var så lite så when you thank them.
Literally translated, the phrase means “it was so little, so-“. Aww.
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Basically, this is the most humble and wholesome way of saying “you’re welcome” in Swedish.