Liv Johannesson, Illustrator

Swedish Sayings (animals)

Sayings are used in everyday life, some more understandable and logical than others. Living abroad has given me a greater understanding of how sayings can reflect a country's culture and history. Below are some of the most common sayings in Sweden and also a few of the more weird ones. The essence of the saying, or it's English equivalent, is written below each image.

You are always welcome - there is always a place for you because you are loved

A disservice

There is no accounting for taste

Better (to have something) than nothing

To worsen something - an extra disadvantage

Not to buy anything unseen

There is something strange going on

No need to worry

To be succesfull without working for it - getting things served on a silver platter - riding the wave of somebody else's success

To be sly

To sense that there is something strange going on