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Saying «hello» in Swedish | Swedish Language Blog

There are tons of ways of saying “hi” in Swedish. Some are for more formal situations but in general most of them are used just for friends or acquaintances. This blog post will gather as many ways of saying hello to somebody as possible into one place for you and try to give you an idea of when to use them. Most of these words however just mean the same thing meaning that it is up to you to choose and use the ones you like.

 

SvenskaEnglishExample sentenceEnglish translation of exampleComments
tjayoTja, läget?Yo, what’s up?informal
tjenahey / hiTjena, vad görs?Hey, what’cha do’in?informal
tjabahey / hiTjaba, allt bra?Hey, how ‘ya do’in?informal
tjenamårshey / hiTjenamårs tjenamårs!Hiyainformal, sort of a happy greating
tjenarehey / hiTjenare snygging!Hiya handsome!informal
tjohejhey / hiTjohej nu drar vi igång.Alright, let’s get started!informal
tjohohey / hiTjoho, är det någon hemma?Hello, anybody at home?informal
hejhelloHej!Hello!informal
hejhejhelloHejhej, länge sedan sist!Hi, long time no see!informal
hejsvejshiyaHejsvejs!Hiya!informal
hejsanhelloHejsan, mitt namn är Lasse.Hello, my name is Lasse.informal
hallåhelloHallå? Är det någon här?Hello? Anybody there?informal
hallojhelloHalloj halloj! Roligt att ses!Hey there, nice meeting you.informal
morsninghey thereMorsning!Hey there.informal
godmorgongood morningGodmorgon.Goodmorningformal
goddaggood dayGoddag i stugan.Hello (to people sitting in a cottage)formal, but was used as informal a long time ago. When people still lived in cottages.
goddagensgood afternoonGoddagens!Good day to you.formal, but sounds a little more happy or friendly that goddag.
godkvällgood eveningGodkväll gott folk.Good evening ladies and gentlemen.formal
godaftongood eveningGodafton! Vilken fin kväll.Good evening, what a nice evening tonight.formal
godnattgood nightGodnatt, sov gott!Good night, sleep tight.both informal and formal
hej duhey thereHej du! Vilken fin tröja du har på dig i idag.Hi there, what a nice shirt you’re wearing today.informal

In Swedish if you say something twice then you sound happier. So there is actually no difference between “hej” and “hejhej” apart from “hejhej” sounding happier. The same thing for “tjenamosh”.

Now go out the and bombard people with you “tjenare” and “hej du”s.

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How To Say Hello In Swedish

Greetings are an essential part of language — we greet each other to make contact with others, to show we’re happy to see someone again, and to stay in touch with people. There are of course many ways to greet someone in any given language, but it’s not always clear which type of greeting you should use when you’re still learning the ropes. As in English, there are many phrases you can use to say hello in Swedish — which one you use will not only depend on the context, but will also say something about your personality!

So, how do you say hello in Swedish? The easiest way is to use hejHej! always works, no matter who you’re greeting, where you are or what time of day it is (unless you’re greeting the King, in which case you’d be better off saying something like, “God dag ers majestät,” meaning “Good day, your majesty”). The greetings god dag (good day) and god kväll (good evening) are more formal and aren’t commonly used today, except by the older generation. God morgon (good morning), on the other hand, is still widely used between friends and colleagues to wish each other a nice start to the day. If you wake up in an especially good mood, you could declare Morsning korsning! (something like “Top o’ the mornin’!” in English) to the entire room. But be warned: this is almost exclusively said by men over 50. And a friend of mine often says morrn morrn, which has a nice regional flair to it…

Which brings us to the many creative and personal greetings that Swedes have invented as alternatives to the standard hej. Instead of hej, you can say hejsanhej hejhej på dig (hello to you), hej igen (hello again) or hej allihopa (hello everyone). These versions of hej work in many contexts and add a bit of variety to the language — just choose one that fits your mood. There’s also tjena!, derived from the expression “jag är eder ödmjuke tjänare” (I am your humble servant). Despite its aristocratic origin, tjena today is quite colloquial and used mostly by young people. This greeting, too, has quite a few creative variations: Tja! is often used between friends because it sounds relaxed, while you might hear tjabba!tjenis or tjenixen said by adolescents riding around on their mopeds (so you’re probably better off not saying tjabba to your boss).

Meanwhile, Hallå is pronounced with the stress on the “å” and sounds almost like “hello,” but is not typically used as a greeting — it’s rather used as a question or an exclamation. Many Swedes answer the phone with Hallå? or shout Hallååå! to get someone’s attention. Halloj, on the other hand, is used between friends as a greeting. It sounds familiar and sometimes even comes across better when written rather than spoken. So it’s a good way to start a text message!

If you see someone you know on the street, but don’t have time to stay and chat, it’s best to say hej hej and smile with a nod before rushing off. If you were a man 50 years ago, you would’ve also tipped your hat. As for body contact when greeting someone, Swedes are somewhat reserved. When you meet someone for the first time, it’s standard to just shake their hand. Good friends hug each other when saying hello or goodbye, but kissing on the cheek, as is done in Southern Europe and elsewhere, is something most Swedes find confusing.

And how do you say “Goodbye” in Swedish? It’s pretty easy, just another hej — or, as an alternative, Hej då!

Now get to it! Choose your favorite greeting and surprise the next Swede you meet with a tjenahej hej or halloj!

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«Hej» (Swedish for «Hello»/»Hey») And Other Swedish Greeting Phrases

 

Swedish for hellohej

 

Hej is the probably the first word you hear when you come to Sweden. The stewardess, the cashier at the gas station or the receptionist will most likely greet you with a very friendly and slightly high pitched hej.

Also, if you are in a good mood (or want to pretend you are) you say a double hej: hej, hej.

The best way to learn how to correctly pronounce the Swedish word hej, is to go to a fashion or makeup store, where an over-ambitious young woman (in her forties) will welcome you with an exaggerated  hej, hejjj.

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Ways to greet a Swedish person

Actually, you only need the phrase hej. But you might also want to keep in mind the following greeting phrases and words Swedes use depending on the depth of their relationship with each other:

  • Formal: God morgon/dag/kvällGood morning/day/evening
  • Formal person trying to be funny: GoddagensGood day/hello
  • Normal: HejHello
  • Alternative: HallåHello
  • Buddy-level: TjenareHi
  • Close buddy (or colleague who drinks a lot of beer): Tja (short form of tjenare) – Yo
  • Buddy who is fed up saying tjenare or tja too often: TjabbaYooo

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How to say good bye in Swedish

Swedes haven’t come up with a proper good bye phrase, yet. They use hejdå when someone is leaving.

The laziest Swedes will just go for hej instead of hejdå. This is particular common among efficient shop assistants. When one customer is leaving and a new steps in, the assistant has to say hej only once. Smart.

Phrases to know before you go into a Swedish shop

  • Hej, behöver du hjälp?Hello, do you need help?
  • Jag pratar inte svenska. – I don’t speak Swedish.
  • Engelska?English?

I hope these phrases will help you during your first hours in Sweden. To get prepared for longer conversations with Swedes, check out one of the links below…

Further useful Swedish knowledge

… or read the book “How to be Swedish: A Quick Guide to Swedishness – In 55 Steps“

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The Swedish Number

Who is behind The Swedish Number?

Sweden’s Tourist Association. We want to spark people’s curiosity about Sweden — our culture, nature and mind set. To help us do this, we have the people of Sweden.

Who answers when I call?

Everyone who lives in Sweden is able to register as an ambassador. When you call you will be connected to a random Swede. The chances that you are connected to the same Swede twice are small — so you get a new side of Sweden every time you call.

How much does it cost?

The call will be charged as an international call.
You have to check with your phone operator what your calling rate for Sweden is. It depends on your communication provider and a number of factors such as individual calling plans and time of day.
Your call will start getting charged when you are connected to Sweden.
If you are calling from one of the local numbers (see if your country is on the list) the call will be charged as a local call.

Is my phone number shared?

You are completely anonymous and your private number is never shared. All calls are routed through a switchboard.

Why is no swede answering when I’m calling?

1. Lots of people are calling and there is no Swede available.
2. Sweden is sleeping. We are in the GMT+1 time zone.
3. If the first Swede you are connected to is not able to answer, you will automatically be connected to another Swede and another until someone answers.
4. It’s the last day of April at 8.00 pm, and all Swedes are busy watching bonfires all around the country.

What time zone is Sweden in?

Sweden is in the GMT+1 time zone, you are welcome to call at anytime, but we might be asleep.

How does it work?

When someone outside of Sweden calls The Swedish Number, a telephone switchboard randomly connects the call to a Swede somewhere in Sweden.

How do I say Hello in Swedish?

Simply say «Hallå!» or «Hej!»

Are the calls recorded?

Calls via The Swedish Number may be recorded.

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The Swedish Number

Who is behind The Swedish Number?

Sweden’s Tourist Association. We want to spark people’s curiosity about Sweden — our culture, nature and mind set. To help us do this, we have the people of Sweden.

Who answers when I call?

Everyone who lives in Sweden is able to register as an ambassador. When you call you will be connected to a random Swede. The chances that you are connected to the same Swede twice are small — so you get a new side of Sweden every time you call.

How much does it cost?

The call will be charged as an international call.
You have to check with your phone operator what your calling rate for Sweden is. It depends on your communication provider and a number of factors such as individual calling plans and time of day.
Your call will start getting charged when you are connected to Sweden.
If you are calling from one of the local numbers (see if your country is on the list) the call will be charged as a local call.

Is my phone number shared?

You are completely anonymous and your private number is never shared. All calls are routed through a switchboard.

Why is no swede answering when I’m calling?

1. Lots of people are calling and there is no Swede available.
2. Sweden is sleeping. We are in the GMT+1 time zone.
3. If the first Swede you are connected to is not able to answer, you will automatically be connected to another Swede and another until someone answers.
4. It’s the last day of April at 8.00 pm, and all Swedes are busy watching bonfires all around the country.

What time zone is Sweden in?

Sweden is in the GMT+1 time zone, you are welcome to call at anytime, but we might be asleep.

How does it work?

When someone outside of Sweden calls The Swedish Number, a telephone switchboard randomly connects the call to a Swede somewhere in Sweden.

How do I say Hello in Swedish?

Simply say «Hallå!» or «Hej!»

Are the calls recorded?

Calls via The Swedish Number may be recorded.

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