Telling the time in Swedish

  1. I imagine military time is super common in Sweden, but which is a more common way of expressing the time when speaking? 24 hour or 12 hour clock?

  2. Everyone writes the time in 24h format, right? Or do people use "am" and "pm" too?

  3. If I'm saying the time and it's like 00.15 or something, are the zeroes pronounced "noll"?

I read this link and found it enlightening yet also incredibly confusing to read:

September 1, 2015

  1. I think it depends. You could answer "Kvart över tolv" as a response to what time it is and that is not going to be confusing because people will know if it is in the day or the night.

  2. I would write 12:15 or 00:15 but I am pretty sure this can't be generalized to everyone.

  3. Yeah you would say "noll noll femton" if you wanted to say it like that.

September 1, 2015
  1. It's common to speak 12 hour time, but write 24 hour time. I'd never say "kvart över fjorton", but rather "kvart över två" and usually let context decide if it's in the afternoon or really early in the morning. If clarity is needed, I could say "kvart över två på natten" or "kvart över två på eftermiddagen".

  2. Yes. I'd write it as 14:15. It's common to write in the 24 hour format.

  3. Yes. Noll noll femton.

September 1, 2015

I wouldn't say "kvart över fjorton", but I do sometimes say "fjorton och femton" if I want to be clear that is the afternoon and not the middle of the night. But 12 hour time is definitely more common.

Also, I have never seen anyone write in 12 hour format when using numerals. I'd be very surprised if somebody wrote 2:15 in Swedish when they are talking about the afternoon, though people do write "kvart över två". But I guess it might exist.

September 2, 2015

True that. I might well say "fjorton (och) femton" too.

September 2, 2015
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