https://www.duolingo.com/reesuz

Question for native speaker about regional Swedish accents

I have been watching the election debates and find most of the candidates clear and understandable, although a couple of them speak really fast.

The one I have a hard time with is Jimmie Åkesson. Does he speak with a really strong regional accent or is it just the sound of his voice ? It's very distracting because he sounds so different.

I'm hoping maybe a native speaker can weigh in on what I'm hearing (or not hearing !).

August 31, 2018

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina

Yes, he's from Sölvesborg in southern Sweden. His accent is thoroughly present, but not overly strong. The very south of Sweden has a few peculiarities to their accents as compared to other Swedish accents.

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/swede100

Yes, Jimmie Åkesson speaks with the accent that we call Skånska (pronounced sconska [almost?]). It is sort of like the Kentucky accent of Sweden. As Zmrzlina said, his accent is Skånsk, but there are definitely people who speak with stronger accents.

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1

No, it's blekingska. It's similar to skånska. Sölvesborg is in Blekinge.

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/reesuz

I looked at Wikipedia and it says he was born in Skåne and grew up in Blekinge.

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1

Yes, which means he doesn't speak skånska. Sölvesborg is a small town so they may not have a hospital and it's very close to Skåne (just a few kilometers I think).

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel

West Blekinge is actually frequently considered to speak skånska, so it's a matter of debate but I wouldn't call it wrong to say he does. :)

September 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Solathii

It's because he doesn't roll R that makes it sound strong. It's closer to french and german.

Listen to these pronunciations and the spelling https://learningswedish.se/courses/1/pages/other

It has a great list of reductions too.

September 7, 2018
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