Appendix:Swedish numerals

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Numbers up to 20:

Cardinal Ordinal Noun (digit,
coin or rank)
Comment
0 noll nollte nolla nolla = a fool, an idiot
1 ett or en första etta etta = winner. See also femetta
2 två andra tvåa tvåa = runner-up; one bedroom apartment (counting the living room as the 2nd room)
3 tre tredje trea
4 fyra fjärde fyra
5 fem femte femma femma = five crown coin (or bill)
6 sex sjätte sexa
7 sju sjunde sjua
8 åtta åttonde åtta åtta = an eight, as in figure skating. See also nollåtta
9 nio nionde nia
10 tio tionde tia tia = ten crown coin (or bill)
11 elva elfte elva elva = a soccer team
12 tolv tolfte tolva See also bluestolva
13 tretton trettonde
14 fjorton fjortonde
15 femton femtonde
16 sexton sextonde
17 sjutton sjuttonde
18 arton artonde
19 nitton nittonde
20 tjugo tjugonde tjuga

Note: Ett is neuter, en is common gender; "the digit 1" is "siffran ett" or "en etta" in Swedish. Especially when counting, four is often pronounced as fyr. Nio and tio are commonly pronounced as nie, tie, respectively. Tjugo is usually spelled tjugi, and so on with the following multiples of ten (tretti instead of trettio, forti instead of fyrtio , etc.). Forty is never pronounced the way it is spelled (fyrtio), it becomes forti(o).

Multiples of 10:

Cardinal Ordinal English
tio tionde ten
tjugo tjugonde twenty
trettio trettionde thirty
fyrtio fyrtionde forty
femtio femtionde fifty
sextio sextionde sixty
sjuttio sjuttionde seventy
åttio åttionde eighty
nittio nittionde ninety
etthundra hundrade one hundred
etttusen tusende one thousand
en miljon miljonte one million
en miljard miljarte one billion
en biljon biljonte one trillion
en triljon triljonte one quintillion

Note: To make numbers between these, you add a number 1-9 not in parenthesis, e.g. 55 is femtiofem, 73rd is sjuttiotredje. However, tjugo is in this case commonly pronounced as tju, e.g. tjuåtta for 28. The -tio ending is commonly pronounced as -ti but not in the parenthesis case. Fyrtio is pronounced as förti and sometimes written as förtio. One commonly only says etthundra to distinguish it from e.g. tvåhundra. As you might have guessed, Swedish uses the same system for large numbers as e.g. the UK, not the system used in the US.