From fjärding, quarter, and väg, “distance”. Also called simply fjärding or fjärding vägs.
In Sweden, 17th – 19th centuries, a unit of itinerant distance = ¼ mil (the gammal mil, the old Swedish mil) = 4500 alnar, about 2.672 1 kilometers.
In Sweden, 17th – 18th centuries, a unit of itinerant distance = ¼ rast, about 2.25 kilometers. See also fjärndel.
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