With all of us currently questioning our health statuses at the first sniffle, Swedish sickness words like ‘sjuk’, ‘dålig’ and ’krasslig’ abound. So, I thought I’d flip the perspective. How many ways in Swedish can you describe someone as being in good health? I found 20! Can you think of any more? Please let me know and I’ll add them to the list. Enjoy the positivity of the words below, and stay healthy!
Bra – Good/well
‘En sund själ i en sund kropp’ – ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’
Frisk – healthy
‘Frisk som en nötkärna’ – literally healthy as the core of a nut, equivalent to ’healthy as a horse’
Hurtig – spry
Hurtfrisk – hearty
I bra form – in good shape
Kraftfull – vigorous
Kry – well
Kärnfrisk – healthy to the core
Pigg – bright /fit
‘Pigg som en mört’ – literally fit as a roach, equivalent to ’fit as a fiddle’
Rosig – rosy
Sund – robust
Stark – strong
Stråla – glow
Vid hälsa – in good health
Vital – vital, full of life
Välmående – healthy
Vältränad – fit
I have been given a new one by Lukus: ‘ vid sunda vätskor’ – literally translates as ‘in healthy fluids’ – dating back to the time when medicine was based on the four humours (body fluids): blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile. Yuck.
Some more to add from Mia – ’i topp form’ – in great shape and ‘tipp topp’ – ship shape. Then Mia adds ’mår fina fisken’. Literally this translates as ‘feeling pretty fishy’ but that would be the wrong meaning! It means ‘to feel super good!’
And Pelle suggested I add ‘finemang’ which means great/excellent!
Fredrik suggested ‘prima’ and ‘mår toppen’ – both words describe how you are feeling. Feeling great!