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Hello and welcome to Swedish Survival Phrases brought to you by SwedishPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Sweden. You’ll be surprised at how far a little Swedish will go.
Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by SwedishPod101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. When you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.

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Swedish Survival Phrases lesson 19 - Swedish Money - An Introduction.
In Sweden the currency is the kronor “crowns.” As of September 15th, 2007, the exchange rate is roughly 683 to 1 USD and roughly 945 to 1 euro. But now, actually, the exchange rate is roughly 6 crowns to 1 USD, which is abnormously low. So hopefully for you, if you come to Sweden, the US dollar will rise.
In Sweden, we have coins and bills like any other country. The coins are 50 öre (50 öre), which is half crown, 1 kr (1 crown), 5 kr (5 crowns), 10 kr (10 crowns).
And then we got the bills; 20 kr (20 crowns), 50 kr (50 crowns), 100 kr (100 crowns), 500 kr (500 crowns) and 1000 kr (1000 crowns). To understand this better, 100 crowns is about 50 USD and 20 crowns is 3 USD. Or if you’re a European, 100 crowns is about 10 euro and 50 cents, and 20 crowns is 2 Euro.
In this lesson, we will look at numbers going up to 1000 as hopefully and most likely, you won’t need to know denominations larger than this for single purchases. Let’s first go over how to say large numbers in Swedish. We covered 1 to 10 in the previous lesson.
To recap, “one” is en, “two” is två, “three” is tre, “four” is fyra, “five” is fem, “six” is sex, “seven” is sju, “eight” is åtta, “nine” is nio, and “ten” is tio. Simply follow these numbers with ten to form the bases of numbers through 1000.
In Swedish, counting is very straightforward, so let’s jump right into it.
“10” - tio
“20” - tjugo
“30” - trettio
“40” - fyrtio
“50” - femtio
“60” - sextio
“70” - sjuttio
“80” - åttio
“90” - nittio
“100” - hundra
Or ett hundra
To say any number between 10 or 99, you simply combine words for 1 to 10. For “53,” you will literally say 50 and the number 3 - 53, like in English. So, if you needed to pay 53 crowns, the store clerk would say femtiotre kronor. What coins would you use to pay, for example, 68 crowns? Well, you can combine one 50 crowns bill and add 20 and get the change on 2 crowns. That is how we usually do it and it’s easier if you let the clerk do the counting.
To say numbers from 100 to 999, you just say 100 or 200 and so on before the smaller number. So, 999 and is niohundra “900,” nittionio “99.”
Almost every store or restaurant in today’s Sweden accept VISA, Mastercard or any other debit card or credit card. So, if you’re running out of cash, you can always use your credit or debit card.


Alright, that's going to do it for today. Remember to stop by SwedishPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. When you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.