Jump to content

Traffic Sign Typefaces: Tratex (Sweden)

Ralf Herrmann

Some notes on the typeface used on Swedish road signs.

The swedish typeface for traffic signs is called Tratex and was designed by Karl-Gustav Gustafson and modified by Chester Bernsten. Tratex is available in 4 styles.



The first one is called Svart (“Black”):


Vit (“White”). It has an increased spacing to compensate the overglow effect.


PosVersal (“Positive Caps”):


NegVersal (“Negavite Caps”). Identical to PosVersal, but with increased spacing:


Swedish signs are mostly set in all caps. This seems to be a common practice in all Scandinavian countries.


Signs with lowercase letters seemed to be reserved for local targets and tourist information signs.



You can download the Tratex fonts from here. A better commercial version is offered by URW++, but they only have one style.

User Feedback

Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


Important Information

As most websites, we have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.