Swedish is a language spoken by about 10 million people. Even though people you meet in Sweden have a basic knowledge of English it is most beneficial to learn a bit of Swedish for the reason of integrating into both society and the workplace.
The most important reason to learn Swedish is that it increases your employment potential and can be a requirement for entering higher education in Sweden. Furthermore you will become more independent, able to interact more closely with the Swedes and get a better understanding of the Swedish culture.
Upon arriving in Sweden and receiving a personal number (“personnummer”), it is common for most people to sign up to Swedish for Immigrants, SFI, as it is commonly referred.
SFI is offered free of charge and is a terrific way for internationals to improve their Swedish language skills. SFI classes are divided into distinct levels based on a person’s prior level of education and knowledge of Swedish.
If you belong to another municipality, please check their websites for the courses offered.
Lund University offers a Swedish beginner’s language course with a rapid progression.
Malmö University offers courses with elementary knowledge and skills in the Swedish language as well as a basic introduction to Swedish society and culture.
Swedish language courses and tips can be found here: