A lesson in Swedish
An Englishman named Colin Moon stated some of the most common polite phrases in Swedish. Read and learn.
The Swede is a person of few words.
Eng: Excuse me, I didn’t quite catch what you were saying.
Swe: Va? (vah?)
Literal translation: What?
Eng: Sorry for bumping into you like that. So terribly clumsy of me.
Swe: Oj! (oi!)
Literal translation: Oh!
Eng: It’s you! How lovely to see you!
Swe: Nej, men! (nay men)
Literal translation: No, but!
Eng: How are things with you?
Swe: Annars? (an ass)
Literal translation: Otherwise?
Eng: Excuse me, may I disturb you for a second?
Literal translation: You
High Nordic rankings in ease of doing business
The Nordic countries ranked high in the world for doing business by the World Bank’s annual Doing Business 2016 report.
Surveying a total of 189 countries, the list is widely considered the most authoritative in the world.
The index takes into account regulations that affect facilitating the smooth flow of business. A total of 10 different areas were assessed, included everything from starting a business, to dealing with construction permits, getting credit, paying taxes, trading across borders and enforcing contracts.
Denmark ranked third, Sweden, Norway and Finland as eight, ninth and tenth. repectively
Singapore once again topped the list this year, followed by New Zealand.
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