I like using natbib for my author-year-style citations, but since I mainly write in swedish it would be nice if mine bibliography would be in swedish as well.

Can natbib be persuaded to speak in swedish instead of english? Or should I go for another author-year citation package instead?

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I would use biblatex instead.

  • Their manual is horrible. It needs to be restructured. But after pulling some hair and experimenting some more I made it work like I wanted. Thanks!
    – Oscar
    Oct 18, 2010 at 15:50
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    I've always found that the biblatex manual is very good: perhaps you might elaborate on what is wrong with it.
    – Joseph Wright
    Nov 1, 2010 at 19:58

This is a function of you bibliography style file and bibtex, not of natbib. This FAQ answer discusses multilingual bibliographies. In particular it talks about the swebib bundle of Swedish versions of the standard bibliography styles, including plainnat.

You can also use makebst (from custom-bib package) to make natbib-compatible bst files in a "wizard" workflow. One of the questions you get asked during this process allows you to choose to make multilingual bibliographies that are babel compatible. See this FAQ answer.


It's not clear to me that natbib the package does anything with respect to language when it comes to the bibliography entries. It seems like you should be able to make minimal modifications to the bibliography style (.bst) to produce Swedish text instead of English text.

Additionally, natbib works with babel so that should display "Bibliography" or "References" correctly (I think). Or you can just redefine \refname or \bibname to get that to display correctly in Swedish.

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    Using biblatex (which in itself was horrible initially) was easier than constructing custom natbib-styles :)
    – Oscar
    Oct 18, 2010 at 15:51
  • @Oscar: I was thinking it'd be a simple matter of modifying an existing one, not creating a new one. But glad it worked out with BibLaTeX. (I've never used it myself.)
    – TH.
    Oct 18, 2010 at 16:44

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