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Drunken Moose and Swedish Months Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in humor, Swedish Language, Vocabulary

Maybe you saw the news from a month ago. Radio Sweden released a short report about a gang of drunken moose tormenting Swedes. (You can click here for the original.) It was picked up by plenty of news agencies here in the US and categorized under the “Weird” news section in plenty of places. It’s a fun(ny) little story. But I wasn’t surprised. In fact, when a friend brought it up in conversation I just casually mentioned that, yup, that was pretty standard for a fall in Sweden. Disbelief. But it’s true come the fall, things rot in Sweden. Check out The Rotting Month, a post from Transparent way back in 2009. When fruit rots and ferments, animals eat it. And fermented fruit can end up getting them drunk.

But I‘m not a biologist and all I know about moose is that in Swedish they are called älg, in British English they are called elk, and they can be mean. So if they’re drunk, I would stay away. What I do know though, is that drunken animals are most common during one part of the year – the fall, or höst in Swedish. That’s why, for the beginning Swedish learners out there, you’ll find a list of the 12 months of the year as well as the four seasons.

What’s your favorite month and season of the year?



januari January
februari February
mars March
april April
maj May
juni June
juli July
augusti August
september September
oktober October
november November
december December
en vår spring
en sommar summer
en höst fall/autumn
en vinter winter
en månad month


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About the Author: Marcus Cederström

Marcus Cederström has been writing for the Transparent Swedish Blog since 2009. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Oregon, a Master's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taught Swedish for several years and still spells things wrong. So, if you see something, say something.


  1. Mats:

    Sommar i Stockholm – det älskar jag! 😉

  2. Marcus Cederström:

    Det gör jag också!