"Mannen sover tunnelbanan."

Translation:The man is sleeping on the subway.

February 7, 2015



Slang time!

As a Stockholmer born and raised, and considering the fact that Stockholm is the only Swedish city to yet have a subway system, I feel it's my duty to introduce you to some some slang words having to do with tunnelbanan.

  1. Tuben. (noun, definite) A loan-translation of the British expression "the tube" with the same meaning.

  2. Tricken. (noun, definite) Also a nickname for tunnelbanan.

  3. Planka. (verb) To be fare-dodging or gatecrashing, i.e. riding without a ticket

So... there's that. Congratulations on learning a couple of slang words. :p

December 8, 2015


Just to be on the safe side: Does "planka" only refer to the subway, or can one planka on the bus as well, for example?

December 12, 2015


One can planka on anything that involves some ticket or entrance fee really. You can just as well do it on a bus although it's harder since you have to scan your ticket at the driver's place. You could also planka in at a festival somehow if you get in without a ticker.

December 13, 2015


Helsingfors has a tunnelbana and is also Swedish...5.9% Swedish...

August 3, 2017


In Paris the cleaner ignored me sleeping in the Metro and just closed the gates... snowing outside. I slept like a log. Hope he kwpt his job

March 16, 2015


Cheapest warm place to sleep for a couple euro!

February 7, 2015


In Sweden, Stockholm is the only city to have built a subway system. But if you're sleeping there, probably some guards will come wake you up. :p Nonetheless, on late weekend nights you can always find a few unlucky drunk people who fell asleep on their way home and got way too far...

February 8, 2015


That happened to a friend of mine once in a different city. Ended up at the other end of the line, since the train had turned back, and was kicked off on the opposite side of town.

February 9, 2015


Hahaha, it's the same everywhere then!

July 7, 2015


Most certainly!

July 8, 2015



May 15, 2015


Might this gentleman also be standing in the pouring rain? :-)

December 19, 2015


Is tunnelbana used just for Stockholm or for any subway system anywhere in the world?

December 8, 2015


Anywhere. The Berlin U-bahn, London underground, Paris métro and New York City subway are all tunnelbana.

December 8, 2015


To clarify, in the UK 'subway' refers to an underground walkway and not an underground railway network.

May 25, 2017

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Yes, and it's usually homeless people who sleep there.

November 23, 2018


Can tunnelbana refer to both the entire subway system as well as a single subway car/train?

October 9, 2015


In this sentence, the feeling I get is that "tunnelbanan" is used as a general noun for the subway system as a place where one can be.

But you can also use it to refer to a train, although personally I think I'd prefer "ett tunnelbanetåg" ("subway train"). But that's just my personal preference. For just one car, it's "tunnelbanevagn" ("subway car").

If it's already obvious that you're talking about the subway, you can of course say just "vagn" and "tåg".

December 8, 2015


I agree completely. Some people use tunnelbana about one train: Jag tar nästa tunnelbana ('I'm taking the next subway') but it sounds a bit off to me.

December 8, 2015


Thank you Swedish team for accepting 'Subway', 'Metro', 'Underground', and 'Tube'! It is much appreciated.

January 26, 2018


Woops, clicked 'train' because my tired brain somehow forgot that 'subway' is an underground train as well as an underground path in international and US English!

September 4, 2016
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