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Regional Accents in Sweden

I am practicing Swedish by watching TV shows that stream on Netflix and Amazon prime. Currently I am watching Welcome to Sweden a (light comedy that is about half and half Swedish and English) and Bron/Broen (dark thriller that is half Swedish and half Danish). In the first one Emma the daughter speaks very clearly, if somewhat quickly and is easer to understand. She sounds to me like the people in Stockholm sound. The mother (played by Lena Olin) is much harder to understand it just sounds different much harder to differentiate the words. The thriller is set in Malmö and everybody seems to mumble again much harder to understand. Is this beause of regional accents? Vad tycker ni?

2 years ago

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I have not seen that tv series, but yes, absolutely - Scanian Swedish (skånska) is infamous among other Swedes for being diphthongised to incomprehension. Malmö Scanian is relatively easy to understand, though.

2 years ago

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Thanks for the reply. I remember somone telling me that people from Skåne also sounded somewhat like Danes? Is that also true.

2 years ago

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As compared to other Swedish dialects, yes - definitely. And remember, Scania was Danish for a very long time, and its inhabitants considered themselves Danes for even longer.

2 years ago

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I think Lena Olin always mumbles. I remember having to turn on closed captions on one movie only because of her. (Swedish is my native language). Other than that, what devalanteriel said.

2 years ago

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Thanks. I am glad to know it is not just me.

2 years ago

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Skåne has had a lot of danish influence (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scanian_War) which is still present in today's dialects. The Scanian Swedish sounds a lot like Swedish with Danish pronunciation which is a leftover from Danish occupation of Skåne.

2 years ago