Moving to Sweden? Here’s your Swedish Meat Shopping Guide.

Food matters. I know buying meat or ‘kött’ sound like a straightforward task but is it? The information on the packaging may be in Swedish but good thing when it comes to buying meat is that there is always the animal picture printed on most packaging like the picture below. Not all packaging comes with the animal symbol, so it may be useful to know some Swedish meaty words. When I first came here, I did spend some time analyzing the meat packaging and the cuts. Of course, there is always Google translate but what if the phone runs out of battery. In that case, it’s useful to know these 4 essential meaty words.

Gris = pork; Nöt = beef; Lamm = lamb; Kyckling = chicken


In Sweden, it is also common to find blend mince meat or ‘blandfärs’ such as pork ‘fläskfärs’ plus beef ‘nötfärs’ with a 50-50% mix. Mince meat is always a favorite among students not only because its cheaper but also you can cook a variety of dishes with it. Savings tips: My friends and I like to buy the mince in larger quantity at a lower price, divide it into cooking portions and freeze. Alternatively, we also cook the mince in large quantity and freeze the cooked mince in serving portions. Simply microwave it to serve, best for lazy days.

I often prepare Halal food as many of my friends are Muslims. You can find Halal meat from Hemköp and possibly ICA (depending on the stores). The Coop Extra brand is usually halal but always double-check the back of the bag for the halal symbol with a mosque just to be extra sure.

Know the cuts. Here are the English translations if you are interested to learn more about the cuts. Bon appétit.

Fläskfilé: Pork Tenderloin
Kamben: Tjocka revben: Baby Back Rib, Back Ribs, Pork Loin Back Ribs
Kotlettrad: Pork Loin
Kotlett i bit: Loin Roast
Fläskkotlett: Pork Loin Chop
Sida: Pork Belly
Skinka: Ham
Tunna revben: Spare Ribs

Flankstek: Flank Steak
Fransyska: Beef Knuckle
Innanlår: Boneless Beef Inside
Lägg: Shank
Oxfilé: Beef Tender Loin, Fillet of Beef
Rostbiff: Roast beef
Ryggbiff: Sirloin, Strip Loin
Spetsbringa: Brisket


Lammkotlett: Lamb Chops
Lammfilé: Lamb Tenderloin
Lammstek: Steak of Lamb
Lammlägg: Lamb Shank
Lammrygg: Blade Chop

Featured image credits: Magnus Skoglöf/

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  • Saivenkat • 20 May 2016 at 4.58 pm Reply

    Hi I’m Saivenkat
    I’m going to join in Halmstad university in Halmstad. Do u have any idea?

    • Angelina
      Angelina • 24 May 2016 at 7.37 pm Reply

      Hello Saivenkat,

      Congrats on joining Halmstad university. I don’t know much about the university but on their website along with their FB page, there are quite a lot of information. Otherwise, check out for further study information. All the best!

  • Izhar • 16 Jan 2016 at 7.04 am Reply

    Thanks for the tip! I am from Singapore and planning to visit Sweden for vacation and currently doing some research and thus came across ur page. It does help me a lot. 🙂

    • Angelina
      Angelina • 16 Jan 2016 at 12.08 pm Reply

      You’re welcome. Have a nice vacation to Sweden 🙂


  • B.Karthik • 26 Nov 2015 at 11.04 am Reply

    What are the popular brands available in meat market in Sweden..??

    • Angelina
      Angelina • 27 Nov 2015 at 12.35 am Reply

      Hello Karthik,
      I usually go for brands that are cheaper or on sale. Since ICA supermarket is closest to me, I always ended up buying ICA frozen meat/fish/veggies. With a student budget, I tend to stick to chicken and fish compare to steaks. For chicken brands, the common ones are GuldFågeln, Kronfågel, ICA, Coop, Eldorado (depending on where you shop).

  • Angelina
    Angelina Ho • 20 Apr 2015 at 5.37 pm Reply

    Raheem, you are most welcome! Glad it helps 🙂

    Khaled, welcome to Sweden! That’s a very interesting course.

  • Raheem • 17 Apr 2015 at 9.07 am Reply

    thanks Ange !! i have been waiting for some one to explain this to me !! i will defenatly save the link to this page and use it when i go shopping

  • Khaled Maiwada Abdulsalam • 16 Apr 2015 at 5.22 pm Reply

    Thank you very much I will soon be in sweden for a course in conflict, peace and culture.

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