[ snapps ]


Swedes aren’t the most outgoing of people. Having one of the greatest comfort zones in the world (surpassed only by the Finnish at 80cm) the Swedes don’t like to open up. But there is a way. It’s used by the Swedes themselves on every national holiday, it’s called Snaps. Snaps is a spiced liquor with a lot of bit, if you want an easy start I recommend trying Hallands Fläder, as it’s one of the smoothe snapsar around.

Use this word in a sentence

När man dricker snaps så brukar man också sjunga en tillhörande snapsvisa, en för varje shot.

When drinking snaps you often accompany each shot with a special song.

Pronunciation guide

For the weird Swedish letters.


The first of the three Swedish characters. You’ll find the sound just before the L in words that contain AL, like: all, alter and Aldershot. Try saying ALL, but skip out the L’s. It should sound something like a mix of A and O, and it should come from the back of your mouth.


Ä is a rare sound in the British language. But if you try on an American accent and let out a fully fledge ass (or asshole), cut away everything after the A you’ll have the hang of it. It should sound something like a mix of A and E. Just as Å you’ll find the sound near your throat rather than the tip of your tongue.


Ö is the same letter as the Norwegian and Danish Ø. If you, once again, try that American accent you can hear the sound in words like: skirt, flirt, nerd, turd and bird. It’s the sound just between the U/I and the R.