Looking for an apartment in Stockholm or elsewhere in Sweden? Then you’re probably online trying to make sense of Swedish ads. Even if you find ads in English, you may be confused about what exactly they mean. Here’s a guide to help you understand the most common terms used and how to interpret them.
Essential points to understand in an advert
Swedish apartments are described in terms of the number of rooms and their size in square metres. Prices are shown per month. If you are unfamiliar with square metres, here’s a link where you can convert to square feet.
What does the number of rooms mean and what’s a half room?
The number of rooms means the number of living space rooms and bedrooms and does not include the kitchen or bathroom or hall (if there is one). 2 rooms therefore means a living room and a bedroom, a bathroom and usually (but not always) a separate kitchen. 3 rooms means a living room and 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate kitchen. A half room is a term that is used quite loosely and can mean anything from a separate little room without a door to a mezzanine or even an alcove with a bed. The number of rooms is written as ‘1 rum’ or ‘1:a’, ‘2 rum’ or ‘2:a’, ‘2.5 rum’ or ‘2.5:a etc
What does the rent include?
The rent price shown usually includes heating, water and garbage disposal but electricity, gas, internet and tv can often be extra. Ask, to be on the safeside. Many Swedes have given up on having a landline telephone and just use their mobiles instead. If there is a telephone, you will have need to pay for this separately and probably have to arrange your own contract with a provider. It’s common to get a package deal with TV, internet and telephone from the same provider.
Other common terms
The following points are highly rated by Swedes and usually included in the advert if the apartment has these features
Translating Swinglish terms:
If the advert is in English, you might be confused by the following Swinglish terms:
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