The author of this article aims at discussing the notion of linguistic democracy
and presenting several significant manifestations of linguistic politeness in
contemporary Swedish. The phenomenon of linguistic democracy has been illustrated
using the examples of greeting and parting formulas, and addressative forms in Swedish.
The term of linguistic politeness has been analysed on the examples of the usage
of forms of the imperative and its equivalents, and thanking forms.
The linguistic phenomena presented in this article are unambiguously indicative of
the thesis concerning the existence of linguistic democracy in Swedish, and simultaneously
they are unambiguously interpreted as courteous and polite. Both phenomena
ought to be incorporated by the foreigners in both private and professional contacts.
Their usage indicates a good knowledge of the language, culture, customs, and traditions
of the particular society, which results in acceptance, appreciation, and proper,
positive treatment from the native speakers.