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Good Swedish TV Shows/Movies?

I heard watching would help learn the language faster, and I really don't doubt it.

Anyone know some?

November 28, 2014



There is an English-Swedish TV series called "Welcome to Sweden" with Amy Poehler (broadcasted by NBC) which got good credits and which has both English and Swedish dialogues, but I haven't seen it yet. If you like funny movies try to get your hands on "Cops". Otherwise, try and take a look at http://www.svtplay.se/, there are lots of (temporarily) free movies and TV-series (sometimes even with subtitles).


Is Amy Poehler in it at all, or does she just produce it?

Oh whoops, just realized you said you hadn't seen it yet.

Update on the first episode of "Welcome to Sweden": Amy Poehler's in the first few minutes, and I'd say about 50% of the dialogue is in Swedish so far. And it's pretty funny. Thanks for the recommendation!


I've seen the series and it's what motivated me to learn Swedish. Amy is in it from time to time, but her brother is one of the main characters.


yeh its very good.


I like "Vem ved mest" on SVT, a quiz show http://www.svt.se/vem-vet-mest/ Clear language by different speakers, different topics including Swedish culture, and you get the question in text form on screen so you have at least a hint of topic for vocabulary searches.

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I would recommend Strömsö, it is a finlandssvensk show with DIY, cooking, discussions etc. Finnish swedish might be a little easier to follow in the beginning and the difference to other dialects is not that huge. The Place where you can watch it is http://svenska.yle.fi/program/stromso


Yes, I can confirm this. Watching movies definitely helps your language skills, but only do it after reaching a decent level on the language. If you watch something and couldn't understand at least 1/3 of what you've watched, then it wouldn't be of much help after all.

This show has English sub, but there are only 3 episodes I could find from youtube



I agree that watching a show with subtitles isn't necessarily going to help with your comprehension initially, but just hearing the sounds is probably going to help. At least, listening to Sveriges radio has helped my ear grow accustomed to the sounds of Swedish. It definitely won't hurt.


I highly recommend the films of Ingmar Bergman. That's actually what sparked my interest in learning Swedish. I also enjoy the work of Lukas Moodysson. Another random classic: Mitt liv som hund (My Life as a Dog)


I completely agree on Lukas Moodysson - he makes lovely movies! Also, my boss recommended Låt Den Rätte Komma In (Let the Right One In). I have not seen that movie yet, but he seemed so enthusiastic about it that I just have to believe him. =)


I think I'll start by watching Disney movies in Swedish. My hope is that since they're made for children, the dialogues will be comparatively simple and straightforward and the words pronounced clearly and understandably. Also, I'm familiar with most of the plots, which should help as well.

I'll see how that goes. First I need to work on the basics, though, or I won't be able to understand anything.


You should definitely watch "Bron/Broen"! :)


Broen is really an exiting and awesome series! You should watch it to learn both Swedish and Danish. Really great acting and interestin plot! :)


Yes, I was thinking about this, however, I'm not sure whether it would be confusing, since I'm guessing the Malmö accent is different from standard Swedish taught in Duolingo? also, half of the characters speak Danish


Well I don't know about that, but I would recomend you to watch it because it's a great tv show, for me the language was just a bonus (Danish is beautiful) :) My professor told us once in which dialect speaks Saga Norén but I forgot :(


also, trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzidbHbvAuw

btw. season 3 is on the way :D


I was talking with a friend about the sexualized violence of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and she found this link for me of hopefully-happier alternatives. They're not necessarily fluffy, but I do remember that Show Me Love is incredibly adorable and sweet.

Netflix has Show Me Love and Let The Right One In (as well as the Millennium Trilogy, of which Girl With a Dragon Tattoo is part). It's also potentially useful to search in whatever streaming service you have by the "Swedish movie" tags. There are 21 hits for "Swedish movie" in Netflix, but I don't think all of them are actually in Swedish.


"Solsidan" is a comedy series which I frequently watch with my family. It's fairy lengthy (four seasons, and ongoing), which gives you a lot of material to work with, and mostly is slice-of-life hijinks. Seasons 1-3 are/were available on Youtube if you type in "Solsidan säsong 1 avsnitt 1" o.s.v. There's a few good crime dramas as well, namely the "Annika Bengtzon" series of films (which is based on books written by Liza Marklund, if you ever want to read Swedish material at what I would suppose is the intermediate/upper-intermediate level) and "Maria Vern." There's also a comedian by the name of "Johan Glans" whom I would recommend simply because I find him genuinely funny and he's easily available on Youtube. The "World Tour of Skandinavien" is probably his best known series, and also the most interesting given there's some poking fun at various stereotypes the Swedes have of other Scandinavian countries. My only caveat with Glans is that he's from Skåne, meaning that he has a skånsk accent which can be a bit thick and rather like Danish. And there's always Swedish Radio at sverigesradio.se for thousands of hours of various radio programs.


Detta om detta is a news parody tv series in Swedish (from Finland): http://arenan.yle.fi/tv/2283837 André Wicström and Stan Saanila are both known stand up pioneers in Finland and Sweden. Jag tycker om det.


I've seen Låt Den Rätte Komma In twice. It's a gorgeous, wintry movie. If you like genre-bending horror, you should watch it.


I really like Så ska det låta, but the season is just twelve weeks long. Catch it while you can (the upcoming season starts January 4th). Turn on Swedish subtitles.


Guys, on SVT there is an amazing serie called "I just want to be cool". I just love it, it is so funny! LOL


No one have recommended the swedish classics Jönssonligan (Jönsson League) It is a series of comedy movies with very typical swedish humour. I still find them quite entertaining. Here is one of the movies with english subtitles one youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab2WaM_xpzU

Also there is comedy movies series called Sällskapsresan (released in English as The Charter Trip) Very typical swedish humour there as well.

Also there is a criminal movies serie called Beck that is quite big here in Sweden. It is very dark and I consider it much better than any American criminal series because it is more realistic, very cold and black humour. Beware, there is a german version as well.

The problem here might be finding subtitles, you can download most movies illegally and find the subtitles seperated on sites such as http://www.subtitles.at/

If you need any help, just ask me.


If you're in the US you can watch MHz Networks http://www.mhznetworks.org which shows European mysteries and crime drama, including many Swedish ones (with English subtitles). The shows are broadcast at 9PM EST/ 6PM PST and repeated at 12PM EST/ 9PM PST daily. Many cable TV and satellite providers carry this non-commercial channel but you might not know you get it and this list is incomplete. http://www.mhznetworks.org/mhz-worldview/carriage. Seattle residents it is Channel 334 on Comcast.

All programs are streamed live online at the time they air on TV. Some programs (the ones they have the rights for this) may be watched online anytime for up to 1 week after they air, here: http://www.mhznetworks.org/programs/full-episodes.

Currently they are showing Beck on Sundays and Enemy's Enemy on Wednesday and on February 20th Commander Hamilton will begin. Also there are programs in Danish, Norwegian, German, French, Italian...

Finally they sell DVDS of some series in US format http://shop.mhznetworks.org

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