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


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verksamhet c

  1. an activity
    Teaterns verksamhet omfattar också turnéer.
    The theatre also goes on tours.
  2. (seldom in Finland) a business (commercial or not), an enterprise, an institution

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).


Declension of verksamhet 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative verksamhet verksamheten verksamheter verksamheterna
Genitive verksamhets verksamhetens verksamheters verksamheternas

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