What is the difference between ‘familj’ and ‘släkt’?

Hi everyone,

I ran in to the word ‘släkt’ being told it means ‘family’. But now I know two Swedish words that mean ‘family’: ‘familj’ and ‘släkt’.

Can anyone tell me the difference between these two words?

Thanks in advance. :)

July 29, 2019


"Familj" means your immediate family, your siblings and parents. "Släkt" means anyone else that you are related to by blood, your cousins, uncles and grandfathers.

July 29, 2019

Thanks! I understand.

July 29, 2019
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