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 !).
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.
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.
No, it's blekingska. It's similar to skånska. Sölvesborg is in Blekinge.
I looked at Wikipedia and it says he was born in Skåne and grew up in Blekinge.
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).
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. :)