friggebod

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Since 1979 from the last name of a former Swedish minister of housing, Birgit Friggebo who introduced the concept. The term is a wordplay based on the common term bod "(tool) shed; shack".

The friggebod reform implied that anyone could build a shed of maximum 10 square meters on their premises without obtaining a construction permit from the municipality. In Sweden, the reform became a widely popular symbol of liberalisation. From the onset of 2008, the area was increased to 15 square meters.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • /ˈfrɪɡɛˌbuːd/

Noun[edit]

friggebod-en, -arna

  1. A small structure of no more than 15 square meters and 3 meters in height that may be built without a special permit.
    Vi byggde vår friggebod när jag var liten.
    "We built our friggebod when I was young."