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"Ja, jag vill leva jag vill i Norden."

Translation:Yes, I want to live, I want to die in the North.

April 7, 2015


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Hey, can someone explain this sentence to me? It doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense på engelska.


I agree. It's a line from our national anthem and I've never seen much sense in the whole thing in Swedish either.

Grammatically, what we have here is called satsradning in Swedish and comma splice in English – joining together two independent clauses with a comma, or even worse, as we wrote it here, without a comma. This construction is more frowned-upon in English than in Swedish, but it's still odd in Swedish without a comma (and it's not just us, it seems it's usually written this way).


Cool thing about the Swedish national anthem: it never mentions the name of the country.

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Tack för förklaringen. I'll check out those links you sent me; I have a feeling it was some sort of comma splice but I wasn't sure if you guys did it too. The beauty of Germanic language!


Interesting note! Though the same is true about the Israeli anthem... And the American one too, come to think of it. Perhaps this is a common style thing in anthems!


The national anthem video that was posted said "Sverige" in 4th verse. How many verses are usually sung? BTW, USA's national anthem doesn't mention the country in any of the 4 verses. Neither does Japan -- there's only 1 verse.


The first two verses are sung. I don't think most people even know that there are two additional ones.


Svenska Nationalsången - Du Gamla Du Fria [Med Text] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaIUE4u4JWc


Thanks for pointing out the link. I would have never thought to look it up myself.


Beautiful national anthem


Have I seen "Norden" used to mean "Scandinavia", or have I made that up? Not here on Duolingo, but out in the world?


I'm not sure about Scandinavia, but Norden is primarily used to mean the Nordic countries, which in addition to the Scandinavian peninsula also refers to Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Svalbard.


Inte Ryssland?


So could this really be translated as "I want to live and die in the North" ...?


If it wasn't lyrics, that seems reasonable. But it does remove a few elements from the original sentence.


Fint... Duo känner sig lite extra patriotisk idag XD


the computer voice seems a bit messed up! (leva and jag seem to go at the same time) and also shame on me for not immediately recognizing where this comes from, I guess. :P


A strange sentence. You can have phrases in anthems that really don't translate well into a sentence. I thought something was missing.


This does not make sense in English


It doesn't make sense in Swedish either. They're lyrics.

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