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How to Say Happy New Year in Swedish & New Year Wishes

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How to Say Happy New Year in Swedish

Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

So, how do you say Happy New Year in Swedish? Let a native teach you! At SwedishPod101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Swedish New Year wishes!

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Celebrate New Year in Sweden
  2. Must-Know Swedish Words & Phrases for the New Year!
  3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Swedish
  4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
  5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
  6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
  7. How SwedishPod101 Can Help You Learn Swedish

But let’s start with some vocabulary for Swedish New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

1. How to Celebrate New Year in Sweden

Swedish people celebrate it together with family and friends, and they round off the celebrations with fireworks to welcome the New Year. New Year’s Eve occurs every year on December 31st.

Now, before we get into more detail, let’s see if you know the answer to this question -

Do you know what the two most common New Year’s resolutions are in Sweden?

If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

New Year’s Eve is celebrated very differently depending on how old you are and your interests. Families with young children usually celebrate New Year’s Eve together, and cook a nice dinner that often includes lobster, or hummer, and tenderloin. New Year’s Eve should feel as luxurious as possible, so the adults usually also drink champagne. After dinner it is not unusual to play a board game, or brädspel, together, eat some potato chips and watch TV. An English TV show called The Countess and the Butler, or Grevinnan och betjänten, has been airing every year on Swedish television since 1976, and it has become a tradition to watch it every New Year’s Eve. Interestingly, despite it being from the UK, it has never been shown on British television, and is completely unknown to UK citizens.

If you are a teenager, or if you don’t have any children of your own, it is likely that you would rather celebrate New Year’s Eve with your friends by having a party, or fest. It is also common for the guests to dress up in formal clothes – preferably with some glitter. You have to make sure that you look fancy to celebrate the New Year!

In both these cases, New Year’s Eve usually ends with large fireworks, or fyrverkerier. In Sweden, it is tradition to either set off your own fireworks or just watch other people’s firework displays. When the clock has struck twelve, people will set off their fireworks, make toasts and cheers with champagne, and make their New Year’s resolutions. Another common custom is to give someone a New Year’s kiss.

Now it’s time to answer our quiz question.

Do you know what the two most common New Year’s resolutions, or nyårslöften, are in Sweden?

The answer is – to start exercising, and to quit smoking. For the New Year it is common for people to want to change their lifestyle for the better, become healthier, and also to get rid of those extra pounds they have put on during the holiday season.

Happy New Year!
Gott Nytt År!

2. Must-Know Swedish Words & Phrases for the New Year!

Swedish Words & Phrases for the New Year

1- Year

år

This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Sweden could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

2- Midnight

midnatt

The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

3- New Year’s Day

nyårsdagen

In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

You can do it!

4- Party

fest

A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

5- Dancing

dans

Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

6- Champagne

champagne

Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

7- Fireworks

fyrverkeri

These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

Happy Near Year!

8- Countdown

nedräkning

This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

9- New Year’s Holiday

Nyårsledighet

In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

10- Confetti

konfetti

In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

11- New Year’s Eve

Nyårsafton

This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

12- Toast

skål

A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

13- Resolution

löfte

Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

14- Parade

parad

New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At SwedishPod101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Swedish New Year celebrations are like!

3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions List

So, you learned the Swedish word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at SwedishPod101 - what are yours?

Learn these phrases and impress your Swedish friends with your vocabulary.

New Year's Resolutions

1- Read more

Läsa mer.

Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Swedish in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Swedish language skills!

2- Spend more time with family

Spendera mer tid med familjen.

Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

3- Lose weight

Gå ner i vikt.

Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

4- Save money

Spara pengar.

Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to SwedishPod101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

5- Quit smoking

Sluta röka.

This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

6- Learn something new

Lära mig något nytt.

Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

7- Drink less

Dricka mindre.

This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

8- Exercise regularly

Träna regelbundet.

This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

9- Eat healthy

Äta hälsosamt.

If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

10- Study Swedish with SwedishPod101

Studera svenska med SwedishPod101.com

Of course! You can only benefit from learning Swedish, especially with us! Learning how to speak Swedish can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. SwedishPod101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Swedish new year greeting!

Make decorative notes of these in Swedish, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Swedish incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

Language Learning Quotes

Still undecided whether you should enroll with SwedishPod101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

Click here to read the most inspirational Language Learning Quotes!

As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Swedish could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Swedish - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Swedish - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

7. Why Enrolling with SwedishPod101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

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  • Fun and Easy: Keeping the lessons fun and easy-to-learn is our aim, so you will stay motivated by your progress!

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Swedish Word of the Day - measure (verb)

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mäta measure (verb)

mäta ens midja
measure one’s waist

mäta storlek
measure size

mäta längd
measure length

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Swedish Word of the Day - table (noun)

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bord table (noun)

Vi gör läxor och spelar spel vid köksbordet.
We do homework and play games at the kitchen table.

köksbord och stolar
kitchen table and chairs

sitta vid bordet
sit at the table

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Swedish Word of the Day - room (noun)

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rum room (noun)

En dörrvakt bar våra väskor till vårt rum.
A porter carried our bags to our room.

hotellrum
hotel room

sovsal
dormitory room

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Swedish Word of the Day - cucumber (noun)

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gurka cucumber (noun)

Gurkor innehåller C-vitamin.
Cucumbers contain vitamin C.

Den här gurkan är lång och smal.
This cucumber is long and thin.

skivad gurka
sliced cucumber

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Swedish Word of the Day - pound (noun)

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pund pound (noun)

Förkortningen för pund är lb.
The abbreviation for pound is lb.

En pund är sexton ounces.
One pound is sixteen ounces.

ett pund
one pound

etthundraåttio pund
one hundred eighty pounds

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Swedish Word of the Day - commute (verb)

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pendla commute (verb)

Människorna pendlade på morgonen.
The people commuted in the morning.

Människorna pendlar till arbetet på morgonen.
The people are commuting to work in the morning.

Människorna pendlar till jobbet på morgonen.
The people commute to work in the morning.

Människorna pendlade till jobbet på morgonen.
The people commuted to work in the morning.

Människorna pendlar på morgonen.
The people are commuting in the morning.

Jag pendlar till jobbet med tåg.
I commute to work by train.

Resan till kontoret tar en timme, så vi åker hemifrån klockan sju varje morgon.
The commute to the office is one hour, so we leave at 7 AM every morning.

Personerna pendlar med tåg.
The people are commuting by train.

Personerna pendlar till jobbet med tåg.
The people are commuting to work by train.

pendla på morgonen
commute in the morning

pendla till jobbet med tåg
commute to work by train

pendla till jobbet
commute to work

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Swedish Word of the Day - interesting (adjective)

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intressant interesting (adjective)

Kvinnan lyssnar på en intressant historia.
The woman is listening to an interesting story.

Det är en intressant bok.
It’s an interesting book.

Det var en intressant idé du presenterade på mötet.
That’s an interesting idea you presented at the meeting.

intressant idé
interesting idea

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Swedish Word of the Day - fan (noun)

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fläkt fan (noun)

När jag satte på fläkten, så blåstes mina papper över hela rummet.
When I turned on the fan, my papers blew all over the room.

elektrisk fläkt
electric fan

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Swedish Word of the Day - mountain (noun)

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berg mountain (noun)

Mannen cyklar ner för berget.
The man is riding his bike down the mountain.

Det finns snö på bergstoppen.
There is snow on top of the mountain.

bergstopp
mountain top

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