The Orginal OG: Swedish Goggles

swedish goggles
Photo Credit JD Lasica

There are many types of goggles available for swimmers regardless of age or skill level.  And many types of training and competition swimming goggles that are available for the avid swimmer.  

Some competition goggles include the MP Michael Phelps Xceed Goggles and the Speedo Fastskin3 Elite Goggles.

The MP Michael Phelps Xceed Goggles were goggles worn by Michael Phelps during his final Olympic appearance in 2016. 

Training goggles include the Speedo Speed Socket and the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Goggles.

However, there is a class of training goggles that stands tall above the rest.  These training goggles are known simply as “Swedes”.


Swedish goggles are popular, now vintage, goggles used in competitive swimming for various reasons. Originally, they were produced by a Swedish company named Malmsten AB during the 1970s. 

Swedish goggles can be distinguished because traditionally they don’t have a cushioned seal around the eye like other goggles.  They are popular due to their custom fitting.  Additionally, most Swedish goggles are UV-treated. 

Assembly Required

Proud owners of Swedish goggles have no choice but to assemble it themselves.  Generally, Swedish swim goggles require complete user assembly.  In order to do this properly, one must follow the following steps:

Materials: Long Rubber Strap, two lenses, nosepiece and a short piece of string.

  • You have to thread one end of the string through the small hole on the inside of the lens.
  • Thread both ends of the string through the nosepiece.
  • Then you have to thread one end of the string through the second lens. After that, tie a knot.
  • Next, you want to slide the string around so that the knot can be hidden inside the nosepiece.
  • Push one end of the rubber strap through the hole on the outside edge of one lens.   Repeat this step with the other end of the rubber strap.
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  • Be sure to pull equivalent lengths of the strap through each hole.
  • Tie the strap in a knot.
  • Adjust the fit to your comfort level by either tightening or loosening the strap
  • If necessary, trim any extra rubber off the edge of the stamp. 

If you’re an avid swimmer looking for a discount with regards to goggles, swedish goggles are the perfect answer.  Usually, swedish goggles are priced at less than $20.00.  There are quite a few good online options for those that are looking for Swedish goggles. Some of these options are listed below:

Speedo Swedish Two-Pack Swim Goggles

This pair of goggles is a two-pack that features one regular lens and one mirrored lens.  In addition to having a low-profile fitting, it contains anti-fog coating that allows for clearer visibility underwater. 

Malmsten AB Original Swedish Goggles 

This pair of goggles contains the design of the original swedish goggle.  It is ergonomic, low-profile and doesn’t contain a gasket.

For swimmers accustomed to ‘regular’ swim goggles, Swedish goggles take some getting used to.  Historically they don’t have a rubber seal and may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but most swimmers quickly adjust and never go back.

If you have never tried Swedish goggles, they’re worth a swim, especially since they are relatively low cost and some now have light padding as well.