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Counting in Swedish

Language overview

Forty-two in Swedish North Germanic language of the Indo-European family, Swedish (svenska) is the official language of Sweden and co-official in Finland. Swedish counts about 9.2 million speakers.

Swedish numbers list

  • 1 – en
  • 2 – två
  • 3 – tre
  • 4 – fyra
  • 5 – fem
  • 6 – sex
  • 7 – sju
  • 8 – åtta
  • 9 – nio
  • 10 – tio
  • 11 – elva
  • 12 – tolv
  • 13 – tretton
  • 14 – fjorton
  • 15 – femton
  • 16 – sexton
  • 17 – sjutton
  • 18 – arton
  • 19 – nitton
  • 20 – tjugo
  • 30 – trettio
  • 40 – fyrtio
  • 50 – femtio
  • 60 – sextio
  • 70 – sjuttio
  • 80 – åttio
  • 90 – nittio
  • 100 – hundra
  • 1,000 – tusen
  • one million – en miljon
  • one billion – en miljard
  • one trillion – en biljon

Swedish numbering rules

  • Digits and numbers from zero to twelve are specific words: noll [0], en / en / ett (m/f/n) [1], två [2], tre [3], fyra [4], fem [5], sex [6], sju [7], åtta [8], nio [9], tio [10], elva [11], and tolv [12].
  • From thirteen to nineteen, the numbers are formed from the matching digits, adding a form of the word for ten (ton) at the end: tretton [13], fjorton [14], femton [15], sexton [16], sjutton [17], arton [18], and nitton [19].
  • The tens are formed by suffixing the digit root with the word for ten (tio), except for ten and twenty: tio [10], tjugo [20], trettio [30], fyrtio [40], femtio [50], sextio [60], sjuttio [70], åttio [80], and nittio [90].
  • From twenty-one to ninety-nine, the tens and units are joined with no space (e.g.: fyrtioåtta [48], sextiotre [63]).
  • Hundreds are formed by stating the multiplier digit before the word for hundred (hundra, which is of a neuter gender), except for one hundred where it is optional: hundra / etthundra [100], tvåhundra [200], trehundra [300], fyrahundra [400], femhundra [500], sexhundra [600], sjuhundra [700], åttahundra [800], and niohundra [900].
  • Thousands are formed the same way as hundreds, i.e. by stating the multiplier digit before the word for thousand (tusen, neuter too), except for one thousand where it is optional: tusen / ettusen [1,000], tvåtusen [2,000], tretusen [3,000], fyratusen [4,000], femtusen [5,000], sextusen [6,000], sjutusen [7,000], åttatusen [8,000], and niotusen [9,000].
  • Compound numbers are grouped in blocks of three digits with no space, these blocks being separated with spaces (e.g.: trehundrafyrtiofem [345], ettusen niohundrasjuttiofem [1,975], etthundratusen femhundrafemtiosju [100,557]).
  • Higher scale numbers are miljon (plural: miljoner) or 106, miljard (plural: miljarder) (109, the US billion), biljon (plural: biljoner) (1012, the US trillion), all of them masculine.

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Books

Swedish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary WorkbookSwedish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook
by , editors Teach Yourself (1996)
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Swedish: A Comprehensive GrammarSwedish: A Comprehensive Grammar
by , editors Routledge (1994)
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Essentials of Swedish Grammar: A Practical Guide to the Mastery of SwedishEssentials of Swedish Grammar: A Practical Guide to the Mastery of Swedish
by , editors Passport Books (1993)
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