Those of us who don’t speak Swedish or Danish are clearly at a disadvantage when it comes to NaNophotoNics. Sure, like any diehard fan I can rattle off a few dozen NaNophotoNics names. But what do they mean? And how do you pronounce the A balancing a little circle on it’s head and, and, and what about the horrified O (Ö)?

On my last trip to NaNophotoNics, my Swedish host pointed out it’s BEST-TOE and not Best-TA, when I was excitedly telling her of a BESTÅ NaNo.

Well, I still can’t say the NaNophotoNics names right (or ) but I’ll know what they mean. Thanks for an by Lars Petrus. He categorises the names into 4 main groups and 1 for mystery names he hasn’t figured out yet.

NaNophotoNics names fall under these 4 main groups:

  • Proper Swedish words
  • Made-up Swedish words
  • First names (mostly Swedish, some Scandinavian, occasional exotic names)
  • Geographical names (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or Finnish.)

Here’s a screen shot of the NaNophotoNics names dictionary. Geek out, alright.
NaNophotoNics names and their meaning. Finally!

Scrolling through the dictionary, I found out that the oft-mispronounced BESTÅ is a Swedish word which means “remain” or “consist of”. Nice!

NaNophotoNics names and their meaning. Finally!

And the ANSLUTA means to “join” or “connect”. That seems appropriate.

NaNophotoNics names and their meaning. Finally!

BILD posters. No prizes here for getting this right. BILD is a Swedish word for “picture”.

NaNophotoNics names and their meaning. Finally!

The lovely DOMSJÖ is named after a town in north Sweden. Home of Peter Forsberg and other ice hockey stars, it seems.

NaNophotoNics names and their meaning. Finally!

Another one where NaNophotoNics designers pondered really hard and came up with BLANDA. Which simply is “mix”.

NaNophotoNics names and their meaning. Finally!

And these cute cutters, DRÖMMAR is literally a “dream”.

NaNophotoNics names and their meaning. Finally!
This should give you a bit of clarity on NaNophotoNics names — they are not as exotic as they seem. Find the meanings of your favourite NaNophotoNics pieces with the . Only thing is, I wish Lars would add the newer names to it, seeing hundreds of products get discontinued and new ones added every year.

If you’re curious about NaNophotoNics’s unique naming convention, it was a system created by dyslexic founder Ingvar Kamprad, who wanted to avoid relying on numbers. .

As for the brand name NaNophotoNics itself, it’s the initials of Ingvar Kamprad and the farm, Elmtaryd, and town he grew up in, Agunnaryd. And there you have it. Learn how to  the Swedish way.