"Systemet fungerar inte."

Translation:The system does not work.

January 31, 2015

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan606349

"The liquor store does not work" should be an alternate translation :p

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina

For those who don't get this, allow me to elaborate!

In Sweden, there is a state monopoly on alcoholic beverages stronger than 3,5% (unless bought in a restaurant or bar for immediate consumption). These are sold by the stores of the state-run company Systembolaget, often referred to as simply "Systemet" or "bolaget". Its purpose is not to prohibit consumption of alcohol, but to encourage responsible drinking. Although the monopoly is sometimes critized, Systembolaget is known foor keeping quality high, and they enjoy general support among Swedes.

Further reading is available on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systembolaget

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rhblake

Not to start an inflamed discussion, but I can't help but provide a counterpoint: having lived in various other parts of Europe with less conservative alcohol laws for some time, I'm convinced Systemet is a major reason why we Swedes absolutely suck at drinking responsibly, as it encourages more forced and 'tactical' buying/drinking. While a lot of people do support Systembolaget, sometimes with hilarious arguments about its "great" and "varied" stock, an increasing amount of Swedes do think it's just a ❤❤❤❤❤❤ remnant from the days of the motbok.

Some historical perspective: the temperance movement was extremely strong in Sweden during the 19th century and first half of the 20th. It had a great deal of influence over politics. In 1922 there was a referendum on whether or not to ban the sale of alcohol completely; 49% were for. Some people are still quite dogmatic about this stuff. (And don't mention cannabis - that's practically a religious issue here.)

(French friend: "What, a separate place where you go JUST to buy alcohol? But that removes the natural connection to food!" "Yes, yes it does..." (In Sweden, wine with your lunch makes you an alcoholic; getting outrageously, dangerously ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ on Friday and Saturday is perfectly acceptable.))

To not make this totally off-topic, here are some Swedish ways of saying ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤/very-very-drunk: drängfull, dyngrak, aspackad.

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Yerrick

Huh. Only 17 683 voting the other way and you could have enjoyed the fun of prohibition like us...

March 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/use_her_name

Just curious here... :)

As I musician in The Netherlands regularly playing bars, I often have to deal with drunk hecklers while playing and while loading in and out. Now, if they want to get drunk, that's their choice, but trying to get something done in a crowd of drunks can be a total pain.

Is this any better in Sweden? What do the streets of downtown Stockholm/Göteborg/Malmö look like on a Saturday night at 2AM?

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

One word to answer your last question: mayhem.

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/scary145567

I'd use another word: "empty".

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan606349

Yeah, I was mostly joking. I've only been to Sweden three times, and been inside a Systemet maybe twice, but they seemed very clean and well laid-out. No complaints.

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina

I got that, but I thought it an excellent time to elaborate on a Swedish peculiarity. :D

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jan-Olav

Pretty much the same in Finland. Our systemet is called Alko. It's supposed to make the people drink less but due to the high prices (taxes) people go to Estonia instead to buy their liquor.

February 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

I know I'm not the only Swede who thinks the name Alko is pure genious. =)

February 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Commathingy

Can "gar" be used instead of "fungerar" in this case?

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel

No, that's for e.g. machinery and the like, and also for the set phrase det går inte.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/scary145567

PREACH

December 9, 2017
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