Tell a Swede you’re learning Swedish, and within 30 seconds you’ll be sucked into a deep, nuanced explanation of what “lagom” means. It’s practically a rule of nature. If you’re familiar with the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears, you’ll understand lagom. It’s when things are not too big, not too small, not too hot, not too cold, not too much, not too little… when things are just right.
Once you get a little deeper into Swedish, however, you’ll start finding a treasure trove of hilariously strange words and unexpected combinations. Jump on a bus, and you’ll find yourself on a journey to—horrors!—some unexplained slutstation… or last stop. Driving a car? Make sure you know the difference between an infart and an utfart, and breathe a sigh of relief when you finally get through yet another stretch of highway construction: fullfart ahead!