Welcome back students! You're doing a wonderful job so far in your Swedish lessons! Today's word is stuga which means cottage. It's pronounced like “stew + gah”. When we lived in Sweden, it seemed to me that everyone of my Grandparent's friends had a summer cottage. Bonus Swedish word: summer is sommar! Pronounced “sum + ar” (ar as in argument.) I asked The Swede about this. He said that I was mostly correct. Many Swedish citizens never live in a house, they have an apartment their whole life, and therefore love to have someplace with more outdoor space to visit frequently. These stugor (that's plural, pronounced “stew + gore”) are often on the water, with all the lakes and the coast so easily accessible to most.
They are passed down through the generations, and have varying levels of modern conveniences. Some are like a hotel room. Some are like sleeping in a tent. Some are right in between, very cozy, indoor plumbing, and a separate bedroom. Some of my fondest memories of childhood are when I had the privilege of visiting many of these stugor with my grandparents. Most of them have a name. I really like that tradition a lot. My favorite one was a converted former boat house. It was literally on the lake shore. I got to spend a week there at age 16 with my 15 year-old cousin. The stuga had no plumbing at all, but we had no problem bathing or brushing our teeth in the lake water, right there outside our door.