Du gamla, Du fria

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Du gamla, Du fria (Thou ancient, Thou free) is the de facto national anthem of Sweden, though it does not have any official status.

The music of the anthem is based on a Swedish folk music melody, and for this reason it was often looked down on by many Swedes when it first came to prominence in the late 1800s. However, after the national broadcaster Sveriges Radio began using the song as a sign-off anthem in the late 1930s, it quickly became accepted as the national anthem in all but name, and remains so today.



Du gamla, Du fria, Du fjällhöga nord
Du tysta, Du glädjerika sköna!
Jag hälsar Dig, vänaste land uppå jord,
Din sol, Din himmel, Dina ängder gröna.

Du tronar på minnen från fornstora dar,
då ärat Ditt namn flög över jorden.
Jag vet att Du är och Du blir vad Du var.
Ja, jag vill leva jag vill dö i Norden.


Thou ancient, thou free, thou mountainous North
Thou quiet, thou joyful beauty!
I greet thee, most beautiful land upon earth,
Thy sun, Thy sky, Thy meadows green.

Thou art enthroned upon memories of great olden days,
When honored thy name flew across the earth,
I know that thou art and will be as thou wert,
Yes, I want to live, I want to die, in the North


Arranged by Edvin Kallstenius, based on a traditional Swedish folk music melody
Richard Dybeck
Lyrics: 1844

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