[ vaar ]


Swedes will start their hunt for the first signs of vår as soon as the new year is upon them. It’s often a fruitless hunt way into March. But as soon as the first buds are on the trees and the first wood anemone spotted, and instagrammed, the sun starved Swedes will come running out of their triple glassed houses.

Use this word in a sentence

Våren är vår, ungdomens och kärlekens årstid.

The spring is ours, the season of youth and love.

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.