Sweden
units of length

The legal system from 1665 to 1863, and permitted until 1878. Magnitudes given are based on an 1878 determination of the length of the fot. After 1739 an alternative, decimalized system was also legal, see below.

               

mil

fjardingsväg

4

             

rev

90

360

         

ruthe

6 ¼

562½

2,250

     

stöng

1.6

10

900

3,600

       

famn

1 2/3

2 2/3

16 2/3

1,500

6,000

     

aln

3

5

8

50

4,500

18,000

   

fot

2

6

10

16

100

9,000

36,000

kvarter

2

4

12

20

32

200

18,000

72,000

handsbred

2

4

8

24

40

64

400

36,000

144,000

(verk)tum

3

6

12

24

72

120

192

1200

108,000

432,000

 

finger

4/3

4

8

16

32

96

160

256

1600

144,000

576,000

(verk)linje

9

12

36

72

144

288

864

1440

2304

14,400

1,296,000

5,184,000

0.081
inches

0.731
in.

0.974
in.

2.922
in.

5.844
in

11.689
in.

23.377
in.

5.844
feet

9.741
feet

15.585
feet

32.539
yards

1.660
mi

6.641
mi

2.062
mm

1.856
cm

2.474
cm

7.422
cm

14.845
cm

29.689
cm

59.378
cm

1.781
m

2.969
m

4.750
m

29.689
m

2.672
km

10.689
km

In the 1730's Sweden introduced a system in which the fot was divided decimally. This was an official system between 1739 and 1878, used alongside the older divisions until 1878, and was permitted until 1889, when the metric system became obligatory. The stög and rev were not added to this system of decimally-related units until 1855. The nymil was introduced in 1879, with the metric system.

             

mil

nymil

           

rev

360

         

stöng

10

3,600

       

fot

10

100

36,000

 

decimaltum

10

100

1000

 360,000

decimallinje

10

100

1000

10,000

3,600,000

 

gran

10

100

1000

10,000

100,000

36,000,000

skruple

10

100

1000

10,000

100,000

1,000,000

360,000,000

0.02969
mm

0.2969
mm

2.9690
mm

29.690
mm

296.90
mm

2.9690
m

29.690
m

10.689
km

10
km

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