verksamhet

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

verksam +‎ -het. Swedish verksamhet derives from verksam ‎(busy, active) just like English business derives from being busy.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

verksamhet c

  1. an activity, a business (commercial or not), an enterprise, an institution

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Verksamhet is a neutral word, often used in legal texts and social sciences to denote any kind of private or public institution or enterprise.
  • While Swedish verksam (worksome, one who works; i.e. busy, but also effective) doubtlessly has the same roots as German wirksam (effective), their meanings do not fully overlap. And Swedish verksamhet (activity) has taken on quite a different meaning than German Wirksamkeit (effectiveness). Swedish verksamhet corresponds better to German Tätigkeit (activity).

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