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Stephanie Björk
What are the differences between "nord", "norr", and "norra", &c. in Swedish?

I have so far found three different forms of words for each direction in a map: "nord", "norr", and "norra" which all mean something to do with the north; "syd", "söder", and "södra" which all mean something to do with the south.  Now, I only am sure about the ones for north and south, but I am about to use my gut instincts here and guess the ones for west and east: "väst," "väster," and "västra;" "öst," "öster," and "östra."  Does that sound right?

Anyway, I would like to know how many forms of each word for each elementary direction on a map actually exists.  Are there just three that can be used as I've mentioned?  Are there more?  Also, I would like to know the differences between the forms heretofore enumerated.  Here are some things I know:

- Det snöar alltid i Nordeuropa.  (haha)
- Vi ska åka till norr om Europa.
- Sverige ligger i norra Europa.

- Sydamerika är stort.
- Texas ligger söder om Amerika.
- I södra Amerika är det ju het.

Mar 13, 2018 2:55 AM
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Here's the question, answered already in case someone was interested:

March 30, 2018
This rather belongs in the Answers section, doesn't it? →
March 13, 2018
Stephanie Björk
Language Skills
English, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish
Learning Language
Icelandic, Swedish